Matt Bower Posted February 9, 2009 Share Posted February 9, 2009 (edited) I've gotten it into my head that I'd like to make a real for-sure felling axe in the 3.5-4 pound range -- not a hawk, not a hatchet or a camp axe. American pattern, maybe Michigan or Jersey. (I know it'd be cheaper and quicker to buy an old head on eBay, but where's the fun in that?) To my understanding this requires welding, and shaping the eye around a mandrel. My main problem is that I don't have a proper mandrel for shaping an axe eye, and I don't especially want to make one since this'll likely be a one-off project. Can anyone here think of a workable, expedient, one-time solution to the problem? I'd prefer to be able to use commercial axe handles if possible, or at least to be able to quickly modify commercial handles to work (e.g., with a rasp). On a related note, what's the easiest way to get the thick poll on an American pattern axe? Start with thick stock and work it down for the eye and bit? Start with thin stock and bump it up in the middle? (That's the one I've seen.) Or start with two pieces of middlin' stock and weld them fore and aft of the eye to make the bit and poll? Edited February 9, 2009 by Matt Bower Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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