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PEP BB tool.straw.maul - sharpen a maul

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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in tool care.

A splitting maul is a wonderful tool for splitting fire wood, posts, rails, etc. Most log splitters will only split very short logs, are very slow, burn a lot of petroleum, make a lot of racket, pollute your lungs, and break the bank. A splitting maul is versatile, as fast as you want it to be, great exercise, allows you the excuse to get some fresh air, and can be had used for a dollar or three without a handle.

This article explains what a maul is and is not. Note the photo showing a good edge angle for a maul.
maul vs. axe


This short article explains the why and how of sharpening
Sharpening a splitting maul


Requirements to complete:
- sharpen a splitting maul with a file or similar method.
- use an appropriate edge angle for the tool.


To get certified for this BB, post the following:
- pic of the dull edge
- action pic which includes all sharpening equipment used
- pic of the sharpened edge
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This is the dull maul before sharpening.



This is an action picture of me sharpening the maul.



This is the maul after I sharpened it.

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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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This maul had never been sharpened, and the edge was rather uneven when I started on it. So I started with the grinder to try to even out the edge a bit...I was somewhat successful. Following that I went at it for a LONG time with a file - probably about 2 hours all together (and the top edge still needs a bit of work). It does look and feel much sharper now though.
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Dull maul
Dull maul
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Grinding
Grinding
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and filing
and filing
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Looks better, though not razor sharp. More practice needed for that
Looks better, though not razor sharp. More practice needed for that
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Since I was sharpening some of my other tools I decided to go ahead and get my splitting maul sharpened.  I've had it for about 5 years, and though I haven't chopped to much wood until this last year I figured its time to get it ready for this year!
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Dull edge
Dull edge
02-Sharpening-with-Angle-Grinder.jpg
Sharpened it with an angle grinder.
Sharpened it with an angle grinder.
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Applied boiled linseed oil to prevent rust when I'm not using it.
Applied boiled linseed oil to prevent rust when I'm not using it.
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All sharpened and oiled, ready to go!
All sharpened and oiled, ready to go!
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Sorry posted in the wrong BB/forum.

But here's my attempt at the maul!
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Woah that's bad
Woah that's bad
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Tools I'll be using
Tools I'll be using
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Lights, camera, action
Lights, camera, action
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One sharp maul
One sharp maul
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Mike Haasl approved this submission.
Note: Watch out for that triangular crack. That whole piece might break off unexpectedly

 
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