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Sharpen an Axe - PEP BB tool.straw.axe

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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.

Here is a video on how to sharpen an ax.



From the video description:
"How to sharpen an Axe.  Here are some of my other axes https://youtu.be/OUZ_Bdas7t8 Support us at PATREON https://www.patreon.com/essentialcraf... is a relaxing and enjoyable process, something you should do regularly if you chop a lot of wood. It only takes a few minutes but can save you a lot of extra work. Please stop by our Facebook page and give us a like or share us with someone you know who might enjoy. Thanks!"

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I want to see pics of onions being diced!
 
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Dude, that's awesome. Bravo! LOL!
 
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Just finished hanging another axe and took a few pics of sharpening. I was going to do the onion thing but Rob beat me to it! Maybe sacrificing a patch of hair is proof enough for Douglas?
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Edge before sharpening
Edge before sharpening
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Action pic!
Action pic!
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The proof is in the shaving
The proof is in the shaving
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Jordan Holland wrote:Just finished hanging another axe and took a few pics of sharpening. I was going to do the onion thing but Rob beat me to it! Maybe sacrificing a patch of hair is proof enough for Douglas?



I dont usually apple a BB post because I can't approve them but I just felt like this needed an apple on it.  
 
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I found some old axes that have been rusting away in our garage for quite a while now. The edges were pretty much round, and there was a good amount of rust to remove on both of them. The rust removal was with the grinder and was fun. The initial sharpening was done with an angle grinder, and I finished the edges with a file today. I can't shave with the edges (I'm not that good yet) but these axes are ready to start cutting some wood again.

My neighbours are probably beginning to think that I am prepping for a zombie apocalypse with how many times they've seen me in the garage sharpening axes, knives, and homemade blades. lol. Just getting badges on Permies is all.
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Not so sharp
Not so sharp
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Cleaned, sharpened and oiled
Cleaned, sharpened and oiled
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Red axe I went at with the file to really clean up the top edge. Took a while but it worked!
Red axe I went at with the file to really clean up the top edge. Took a while but it worked!
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Forgot to add this earlier...sharpening with the grinder
Forgot to add this earlier...sharpening with the grinder
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I recently picked up a big, 4.5 lb felling axe on eBay that has pretty good splitting geometry. The handle is going to break at the neck at some point (it's had a hard life) but, for now, I've cross-wedged it and it feels solid. All that is left to do is sharpen it! Cue the BB...

I used a flat mill file for the bulk of the shaping work, re-establishing (and then smoothing) the bevels. I held the axe by the handle using my big Record vise with some pieces of scrap ply to prevent the handle from being marred. I first work on the cheeks of the blade, then bring the file up to work towards the edge.

Once the shape is roughed in, I picked up my fine oilstone and got to work cleaning up the tooling marks. The file tends to leave little gouges in the steel and I like to polish (most of) those out. This also establishes a wire burr that can be stropped off, leaving a sharp edge.

I stropped using a piece of skin-side-up leather fixed to some oak and rubbed with white compound. At this point the axe is pretty sharp! I finished it off with a micro-bevel using some super-fine ceramic rods.

Here is the axe to begin with. Very dull.



I could cut paper when it was done - ish. There was still a little tearing as you can see. Much, much sharper than before though and I wouldn't want to push my hand into it like I did at the start. Sticks in a log with absolutely no problems. Can't wait to use it.
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Very dull!
Very dull!
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Setup
Setup
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Oilstone at work
Oilstone at work
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Most of the tooling marks removed
Most of the tooling marks removed
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Strop, compound and rag (and old sock!)
Strop, compound and rag (and old sock!)
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Ceramic rod for making microbevel
Ceramic rod for making microbevel
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Shot of blade profile
Shot of blade profile
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She works!
She works!
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