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Repurposing a spud wrench


M. Cochran
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i have a few spud wrenches and thought I would try to repurpose one of them. Before I waste time effort and fuel I wanted some input on my project. I thought about cutting it off just behind the wench and reworking it a little to be able to use it as a drift either for hammers or tomahawks. The one I have pick out its from tractor supply a cheaper version of this one http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/crescentreg%3B-16-in-adjustable-spud-wrench-405323399--1It is marked 'Cr-V' which makes want to assume something even though I probably shouldn't.

 

My biggest concern is would anyone say yes it'll work fine or should I stay away from this. I just want to try making a hawk but haven't a drift and really don't know if there are better choices besides this one just being so conveniently shaped.

Michael Cochran

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Try one of these, if you want a true tomahawk drift, it is not round. A tomahawks handle is egg-shaped, rounding to the top and more pointy to the bottom, towards the end of the handle! This design keeps the head from turning!!

 

http://www.piehtoolco.com/contents/en-us/d1162.html

 

http://www.imountainforge.com/shop/tomahawk-drift

 

http://www.blacksmithsdepot.com/standard-tomahawk-mandrel.html

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That one from Iron Mountain Forge that sir Craft linked is the one I use. The others are copies using that one as a pattern with the resultant shrinkage intact. That drift used properly will make you a hawk that most commercial handle blanks will fit with a minimum of tweaking.

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