Handmade Hand Adze.

  1. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark perkele

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    A few months ago, I struggled to hack out some Elm on a canal boat.
    No power on the boat, so a power file etc. could not be used.
    A mallet and chisel wasn't used, due to lack of space.

    We did the job, but it got me thinking.

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    Take a old hickory handle and shape.

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    To reinforce the working end a metal strap was fitted and riveted on.
    5.5mm rod cold formed into 60deg countersunk holes.
    The strap was warmed up, until spit boiled. Fitted and riveted.

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    Case hardening the tip.
    The blade was a bit of scrap. Hardened and tempered, after forming the cutting end.
    Originally it was shaped to 25 and 30 Deg. It should be lower, I think 15 and 20 deg.

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    All the parts made.

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    Stained and waxed.

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    Trial use.
    You can see my pencil line, This was a oak off cut.
    I made a few mistakes.

    Blade angles are too steep.

    The wedge needs to be steeper and shorter, but it works.

    The working end needs to be wider.

    But as a scratch build I think it is a good prove of concept.
     
  2. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    I always fancied a small adze and thought of using a brick hammer as a starting point. Not done it yet but it's an idea.

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  3. outofthefire

    outofthefire Member

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    I can't tell for sure, but I think your blades upside down the bevel should be on the side nearest your hand and in case you make another, if it's decent metal we don't even heat treat our adzes. We make them mostly for coopers but we do make carpenters adzes too, even baby ones :laughing:

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  4. The_Yellow_Ardvark

    The_Yellow_Ardvark perkele

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    Bit of time.
    So a bit of chill out from the mad world.

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    Made a better wedge.
    Ok, I used a band saw to cut the shape. but it was finished by hand.

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    Plus put a better edge on the blade.

    All that confirmed was the angles need to be a lot more shallower.
     
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  5. outofthefire

    outofthefire Member

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    Just come across this photo, these are our small coopers adzes. The blades are laser cut out of flat plate, then they go into the mill and they get there edge machined on. The head is machined out of a billet of en8, then I weld the two bits together then I heat the blade and bend them. They used to be drop forged, but this ways more cost effective.

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