Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last couple of days

Have not been back to the garage to work on the hatchet yet. Monday worked out, Tuesday went fishing and Jeff caught a nice fish, Wednesday I felt like dirt. I will get back out there soon though, it's nagging at me to work on it.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Ole Axe

Well its more like a hatchet. Axe just sounds cooler. I'll get to that in a minute. Anyway, as some you reading this may know, my Mom is very crafty. She makes different kinds of dolls, mermaids and other things. My younger brother draws, does wood burning, and is now working with water colors. So, needless to say, I have some ability somewhere in these hands. I have to find it yet. I been having this urge to build a bird house. Nothing major, just something to get started. So, I bought some wood and some Dremel attachments I think I need.
Now the part about the hatchet. I found this hatchet in a basement pit that used to have my Dad's house over it (It burned down when we were young). In January 2004, my Grandparents house burned along with major damage to their garage. This hatchet was from that fire. I took pictures to show what it looked like before I started on it. As you can tell, its all rusted over and the handle is damaged.
I started to grind the blade to see if it could even be salvaged. I used a grinding attachment to start. As the blade started to shine, I decided to at least get the rust off the head. I've been experimenting with different things to help get the rust pits out. Honestly, I have know idea what I'm doing. I do know little things about grinding and sanding. So this is a learning thing for me. You never know, maybe, just maybe I find out a little about myself along the way.