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Issue #224 September 2009


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This carpenterís axe differs from the more common hatchet in that it has a finer, straighter cutting edge and a less contoured handle. Itís used for framing and log building construction to quickly and accurately remove small amounts of wood. This project takes the whole tool from start to finish, right down to making the steel wedge to secure the handle. Blacksmithing techniques used include punching and forming the eye, forge welding a tool steel insert in the blade, and hardening and tempering.