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The joiner’s axe

Here is the joiner’s axe (UK spelling). It’s perfectly shaped in every way and it’s mine. A joiner’s axe is not a green axe or a carving axe but it carves and shapes wood as well in most cases too. It’s not a felling axe because of its size but you could fell with it on a…

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The Joiner’s axe—Part II

Most axes I’ve seen others use and picked up have rarely been sharp. Do I judge by this? I suppose I do if it’s a joiner’s axe and not a kindling axe or a felling axe. Joiner’s axes are working edges mostly and sharpened to the same level as a chisel or a plane. I…

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The joiner’s axe—Part III

I think this is the last one at this point. The joiner’s axe split cuts all manner of joinery and may seem old fashioned and especially so to today’s carpenter-joiner. Even though I am a furniture maker I knew many furniture makers who never hesitated to pull out an axe to advance their work. This was…

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Shaping your axes for carving

Shaping axes and scrapers for spoon making and carving Shaping an axe to carve with is necessary because they really don’t come fit for purpose usually. Today we do the axe. Later the scraper. Here you see two axe types. One is large the other small. The one below is an old and well-used axe…

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Sharpening an axe for carving and shaping

There is no one size fits all for carving any carving tool because the shape of the actual cut you want, the reflected result from the cutting edge and bevel,  relies on different issues, that’s why carvers often have what appear to be the same tools with different shapes on or behind the cutting edges…

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Axe and wood

Axe Hard, steel Swinging, cutting, splitting Log,    large,    rive,     spindle Shaving, chiseling, shaping Soft, smooth Wood

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Spoon making – Methods for shaping

Try to remember throughout the processes of how we can make spoons that we are interested in investigating areas of woodworking and the goal is not to become a spoon maker unless that’s the limited sphere you want to gain to operate in. Spoon making using these different methods, tools, techniques and so on give…

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Tools and Equipment

Back to FAQs Menu Tools and Equipment Planes Making Planes Expand How do you make your curved sole plane? (Or small block plane) Making a Curve-soled Plane – Here it Comes! How do you make an iron for a small wooden plane? Making a Curve-soled Plane – The Cutting Iron Moulding Planes Expand How do…

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