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  1. #51
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    Re: Rail road track axe

    Ya I could take the bulk out with the grinder

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    I would do a laminated maple and walnut handle..

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbeitz View Post
    I would do a laminated maple and walnut handle..
    Hmmm , laminated might look pretty cool �� plus you'd have a way to put some curves in it.

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    in my work man cave i had a 4x4" hunk of purple heart wood about 4' long. it came from an old dismantled dock but looked like new lumber. something like that would make a striking axe/hatchet handle.
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    Got to milling today with a 1” 2 flut end mill that worked pretty good taking off .015 per pass. .020 would shake the part. Might mill way down and not use the tube on the back and just weld on a flat 1/4” plate and make it look like I didn’t mill from the back sideName:  57273AAC-6142-4A0F-806D-FB650C2E40EB.jpg
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Size:  98.1 KBcalled on some wood today and it’s doesnt sound real cheap. I’m hoping to spend no more then 40$ on the wood. Doc I heard the Purple Heart would work well, I’m not a huge fan of the purple color tho.

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    I think I’m going to stop milling here and weld some stainless c channel on the back. I’m down 1.200 or so. I’ve got some really tuff elm that I had a heck of a time splitting so i know it’s good wood. It’s 19” about right so I’m thinking about carving it into a handleName:  208126A9-6890-4BA3-B5E2-A82B6E363D5D.jpg
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    Re: Rail road track axe

    Weren't you going to mill a bit deeper in the center half the width? give a little more strength to the handle there

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    I was going to do that and just cap the back of the axe but I’d rather stop here and go out the back 1 “ with c channel to get the strength. I’m going to measure it up and make sure the groove is lined up with the axe blade and mill touch more if needed

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    That had to be some tough milling, my experience with rail has been that the head of the rail gets work hardened by the train traffic.

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    Oh, I see


    You gonna do anything to season the wood first or just oil it?


    http://westbaywoodturners.com/tutorial/Drying_wood.htm

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    Don't get your ax/hatchet too forward heavy.
    "The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life." -Theodore Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12V71 View Post
    That had to be some tough milling, my experience with rail has been that the head of the rail gets work hardened by the train traffic.
    Milled pretty good actually. Took .015 per pass.

    That piece of elm has been season almost 2 years.

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Size:  131.7 KBChainsaw fired up after 5 pulls and I haven’t started it in about 3 months. Got some good Honda oil in this nice 064 with 25” bar Name:  0AEB6092-2737-4EFD-8795-42BC26642390.jpg
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    Re: Rail road track axe

    064's are a nice wood millin' machine

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    Have u had one?

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    I have an old one..... and a few other stihl's


    got a 3 foot bar on my 064 and it handles it great.. lots of torque.


    My newest saw... the milwaukee fuel cordless

    Went through two batteries cutting down 200 feet of these landscape branch bearing bushes... some were over a foot at the butt!

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    That’s pretty cool.thats a nice excavator also. I wouldn’t mind testing it out. I used to use them everyday 120 kobelco and smaller. We borrowed one a touch bigger after we let another guy use ours. I seen him trying to pull out concrete that was super thick and not cut enough with a long chain and he was swinging the excavator fast to the right while the chain was on the bucket. I was thinking omg what a dummy, I think couple days later or so they mangled the parts that hold up the thumb and I think other parts. Had pics but lost my phone few months ago

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    Yeah, that's our 60 it's nice with the cab and all but I don't like the controls for fine work... but sure is nice to have a glass cab when it's raining or if we're doing work in the summer with hornets around. cab has saved me a few times!!!


    The little milwaukee saw actually impressed me trimmed most of the branches I could reach up to 10 feet plus fell them all and recut the stumps down to a coulple inches above ground on just two 12amp batts!! I had brung my 044 stihl along to do it but it was so handy to just jump out of the excavator and pull the trigger on the cordless saw that I never even tried to start the 044 If this had been bigger wood or a lot more of em' I would have just used the stihl as it wood have been quicker in the long run.

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    I bet the electric saw is much lighter the Stihl so it will save your back. But then u can do it much quicker with a bigger saw. This guy was clear cutting near me last year and he was just tipping over the alder trees with the machine. It was little bigger then yours tho. He was pushing at the very bottom maybe couple feet up. I figured I’d make it easier to push from like 8’ up

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    Yep, handy little saw and a lot lighter than the 044, I have a little 011 that's probably the same weight


    Oh that 60 excavator would have tipped the trees right over too... but this way we didn't have to get rid of the stumps or fix the irrigation and control wires... and there is power not too deep in there for the lighting so we decided it was worth the extra time to save time not fixing stuff the cx60 has easily pushed over 18 inch fir before. And yes much easier to push from higher up... usually about 70 percent as high as you can reach to give a little safety margin of you said alder... have to be careful there.. they like to split longitudinally or the tops can fall back on you if you ram them.
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    Got the handle almost done today. And I’m planing on tapering the axe head now since my buddy said that’s how there are usually made and he had hammers there were tapered. I think I’ll just taper 3/4 of the length of the axe. So that means I’ll build the back out of plate instead of tube. Name:  D9D9AE73-C9FE-40EF-81A2-6B3578BE4FE2.jpg
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Size:  127.6 KBthe pic with it on the hot tank is before I took it home and did extra sanding. It’s little more beefy then a normal handle right now. Might thin it out a touch more. And I like the burning the belt sander belt did to the sides so I’ll redo that

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    Just need to get some oil now. Any suggestions?im still going to thin the handle a tiny bit and reduce the size of the bottom partName:  AF221808-1122-4D0D-8960-C0AB631CC6D9.jpg
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    Re: Rail road track axe

    Yeah, the handle does look a bit chunky I think it definitely has character

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    ya for sure has character

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    Re: Rail road track axe

    check this fire ax video out, may provide some useful some ideas.

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