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Re: Hewin' in the mornin'
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2019, 10:30:44 AM »
Brad , how are you keeping your axes sharp ?
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« Reply #21 on: March 03, 2019, 10:37:46 AM »
Honestly I haven't done this much axe work before, so in the past I on my felling I just used the sandpaper sharpening method.  But when I started this, I started using a puck I bought a year earlier.  I've been using it dry.  Ever face or every other face I'd go over the hewing axe and felling axe.  I don't wait until it gets actually dull, but more frequent maintenance to keep a good edge on it.  I actually cut my finger on the last face I hewed when I was touching up the hewer.  I felt the edge with my finger and as I was moving away, the tip of my finger caught the corner of the beard and sliced like a razor. It was only about 3/8" long, but 1/4 deep.  I barely touched it.  I just do the puck in a circular motion.  It will roll up a little burr and then you go to the other side with a few circles to knock it off.  My stools that you see the timber on have a screw holding the plywood on the sides that I hit a few time and put a little nick in the hewer.  Took a little more stoning to get the deformation stoned down where it put a little nick in the edge.  That was early on.  The nick was leaving some marks on the wood until I had done enough touch up sharpenings with the stone that it wore back enough so it didn't anymore and most of the nick is gone now.

It's sort of like professional chef's with their chef's knife.  They have a good sharpening steel and before they put the knife away, they give it a few swipes on the steel.  With that kind of maintenance, it keeps it sharp and so it never gets dull.  I adopted this practice at home with my chef's knife too.  It's important to have good steel also.  A lot of the stainless steel knives people buy don't hold an edge well after they wear off the the initial sharp edge.  Buy good steel.
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Re: Hewin' in the mornin'
« Reply #22 on: March 03, 2019, 10:49:57 AM »
I agree on the steel. I'm going to buy a couple axes from Woodland and I didn't know about sharpening methods . On a commercial fishing boat we all kept our personal blades tip top at all times. An axe for me is a different beast. Your beams are REALLY nice looking !  Thanks  Rob
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« Reply #23 on: March 03, 2019, 06:39:01 PM »
Great post and pictures/video.  That is a good workout, gets your calluses on the hand built up again.

I got to learn how to do this with Dick Babcock from logs.  Layout was just a compass/divider, chalkline, and plumb bob.  We did not have a hewing axe, just a good single edge ~4lb axe.

We started on each end making a "flat", scribing a circle, then running chalk lines to the edge of each circle. Each end was plumed to chalk line, then both sides scored and hewn.  Log flipped 90 degrees and things repeated.

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« Reply #24 on: March 03, 2019, 06:45:24 PM »
I love dog avatars........................ ;D
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« Reply #25 on: March 03, 2019, 09:32:59 PM »
A good dog may be your best friend come what may.  Much better than a Hitlery........

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Re: Hewin' in the mornin'
« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2019, 01:39:09 AM »
Hewed another timber today.  An 8.25x8.25 x 17'.  Since I hadn't done it for 6 weeks, boy was I breathing hard the first day(first face) I hewed.  The second day was a lot better and I got the other two faces scored and hewed.


 
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« Reply #27 on: April 18, 2019, 04:12:57 AM »
Great looking timbers. Sure won't need a gym if you do that a lot.

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Re: Hewin' in the mornin'
« Reply #28 on: April 18, 2019, 09:08:12 AM »
Brad, do you think the more expensive axes are worth the money? Your work looks great !
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« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2019, 09:04:28 PM »
Brad, do you think the more expensive axes are worth the money? Your work looks great !
I bought my Gransfors 1900 hewing axe from Forestry Suppliers.  I think they are the only vendor for them in the US.  They carry right and left single grind for $330.  Are you calling that expensive?  It's worth getting the right shape, and weight axe that works for you.  I like this one, so It's worth it for me. If I were charging someone for this kind of work, It wouldn't take long at all for that axe to pay for itself.  It's good steel.  

Thanks, I'm getting better each time.  We still need to sand this one.  It takes some of the roughness off but still has all the character.  I think they will end up getting oiled with Heritage Natural Finishes Oil.  I'm uploading a video of making this beam now.  Should be up within an hour.
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« Reply #31 on: April 18, 2019, 10:00:19 PM »
I will look forward to it !
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« Reply #32 on: April 18, 2019, 10:12:08 PM »
All of this footage is sped up to some degree in order to shorten the video.  Still it's a longer video than I usually like to do.
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