Friday, 1 March 2013

Wetterlings Axe - Part 2

I made the time today to do up the Wetterlings axe i got on Wednesday and what a transformation it was.

To start off with i coated the entire axe with paint stripper and let that do it's job, then once all the paint and varnish ahd been removed i set to with various grades of wet and dry paper and got the last of the muck off of the axe head, then i turned my attention to the helve and got that cleaned up and sanded down.

Once that had been done i gave the woods a really good coat of linseed oil and I'll continue to feed it oil each day over the next week or so, to ensure it has a really good application, i think an old adage when it comes to oiling tool handles applies to this particular helve as it's not been looked after during it life, the adage i refer to is;

Once a day for a week, once a week for a month, then once a month for year - seems to work.

I used the axe this afternoon to knock up a very quick and rough spoon blank from a piece of Aspen and the axe worked really well, very comfortable to hold and with a nice balance to it, which means less fatigue when using it.

Over all im very happy with my new toy and im looking  forward to many years of use.

4 comments:

  1. Do you ever use cabinetmaker's scrapers to remove the finish from wood handles?

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    1. I've used bits of broken glass before Bill, but not my cabinet scraper, normally though, the axe / tool is in such a poor condition when i get it that i just make a new helve or handle to suit

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    2. The axe turned out great, amazing the difference you have made. Nice one.

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    3. Thanks Tim, not done yet, going to hit it with some polishing compound sometime over the weekend

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