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Joshua States

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I Built the starting bars a few years ago and found them again recently so I figured I would give this a shot. 

The starting bar is 3/4" thick, 2" wide and 4" long.

I cut the end where the blade bit goes and welded a handle on it.

Cut end V2.jpg

 

Then I drew out the shank. I Jim's video he says to make the shank 1-5/8" wide, but it certainly doesn't look that wide in the video and I couldn't imagine how you could make the cheeks less than 2" tall starting that wide, so I made mine 1-1/8" wide. It was hard enough with that smaller width getting it 4-3/4" long.

Side view v2.jpg

 

I put that little bevel in the end of the shank.

 

Belly view 2.jpg

 

Then I cleaned the weld boogers off the front end. (well, most of them anyway)

I'll go clean this up a lay out the next steps.

 

End view V2.jpg

 

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

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Joshua,good job,glad to see you're trying this out.

In the third photo from top,those aren't cold-shuts,looking straight at the edge of stock? If so,i'd grind those out before you go about shaping things further.

(sorry if i'm seeing things).

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18 hours ago, jake pogrebinsky said:

Joshua,good job,glad to see you're trying this out.

In the third photo from top,those aren't cold-shuts,looking straight at the edge of stock? If so,i'd grind those out before you go about shaping things further.

(sorry if i'm seeing things).

You are seeing things correctly. I needed to bring a bit more down from the head area to get the length JA recommended and got a little overlap in the forging.

I need to do some clean up before laying out the shank. Thanks for reminding me.

 

14 hours ago, Rob Toneguzzo said:

Looking good mate. Best of luck 

Thanks Rob. I have two people asking me to make them an axe. I really have to get this figured out.

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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36 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

I need to do some clean up before laying out the shank.

Excellent,Joshua,it looks like you're happening on this,right on!

 

From experience i know how both the top and bottom edges of an axe blank suffer in forging.(They're also challenging to correct,as few if any of sections of curvature would lay against any surface you may have on your anvil...unless like some Swedish shops you actually forge special top-tools/bolsters for that specific axe shape).

I'll even be a total wuss and go ahead and confess that i no longer even use a prick punch for laying out.On number of occasions the marks from my small square punch have grown into fairly unpleasant(both visually and structurally)stress-riser issues...But that's going a bit far,i'm sure you know what effect your marking system will have.

Best of luck,man!Happy forging!:)

(and safe&happy holidays:) 

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23 minutes ago, jake pogrebinsky said:

confess that i no longer even use a prick punch for laying out.

My wife turned me on to white charcoal pencils. The marks stay very visible at high heat.

 

I also just noticed your signature line about the Czar. That reminded me of one of my favorite Broadway musicals and a scene with the villagers and their Rabbi.

Villager: Rabbi, do you have a blessing for the Czar?

Rabbi: A blessing for the Czar? Sure. May God bless and keep the Czar......far away from us!

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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I did a little more work on this today. With all the axes being made around here, the peer pressure was too much!

I wanted a slightly larger D-shaped drift than I have already made and I had this bar of unknown steel. It's 1-1/4" round that someone had made into a punch.

 

Drift bar V2.jpg

 

It was a bear to forge, but I managed. (somewhat anyway)

Drift & Preform V2.jpg

 

The axe preform is on the cooling rack rIght behind it. While I had the forge running, I did a little more shaping. It's now a uniform thickness.

 

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The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Yeah this one got resurrected today. The local blacksmith organization reached out to me asking if I would do a video demo. After much back and forth, I stupidly agreed to do an axe demo with asymmetric welding. So i made two preforms in case I screwed one up. Today was a forging day.

 

Preforms.jpg

 

Turns out that was a good plan. The first one had a minor delamination whilst spreading the cheeks. (I cannot believe I just wrote that). Try as I might, I could not get it to reweld again and had to ditch it.

 

Failure (2).jpg

 

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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The second one went much better.

Here it is in basic form.

 

Round 1 (1).png

 

After forging the cheeks out

Round 1 (2).jpg

 

Round 1 (4).jpg

 

Round 1 (5).jpg

 

A little clean up and I will go for the eye weld on Saturday.

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“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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Well, it didn't go as well as I would have liked. The cheeks got really long and quite thin somehow. The weld seemed good, but it's not fully welded.

Eye weld (1).jpg

 

Eye weld (3).jpg

“So I'm lightin' out for the territory, ahead of the scared and the weak and the mean spirited, because Aunt Sally is fixin’ to adopt me and civilize me, and I can't stand it. I've been there before.”

The only bad experience is the one from which you learn nothing.  

 

Josh

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