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BB_splitting.JPGsplitting hazel35 viewssplitting and peeling hazel rods to make basket weaving material. dlarue
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20130910_2808ss.jpg25+ yr.-old elm, likely limbwood, which has yet to split from drying64 viewsStock for the splitting maulSchwartz
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20130910_2809ss.jpgElmwood splitting maul ready for duty63 viewsShaped with drawknife, crosscut saw, wide splitting chisel, firmer chisel, spokeshave, chisel hammer & a large rasp.Schwartz
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hanger1.jpgFireplace tool hanger52 viewsholes drilled in the mortar of the fireplace, insert dowel and drive in mounting spikes, splitting the dowel and wedging the spikes. Really challanging to get the wave consistent nicknaylo
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22_IMG_0084s.jpgDrawer bottom92 viewsWear strips attached to the drawer bottoms are made up of diagonally sawn strips. This was done to prevent cross-grain splitting of drawer bottoms. Can anyone suggest where this technique originated? I don't believe I've seen it elsewhere. Sadly, a nail through the bottom into the back ensured a split in any case.Schwartz
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019.JPGFroe blade 2nd side view.24 viewsOldSneelock
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022.JPGFroe blade side view24 viewsThe sharpened edge is on the bottom. The handle was rotted away to just splinters and I've not replaced it. The handle was flush with the bottom of the eye and extended about 15 inches above the eye.OldSneelock
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023.JPGForge welded froe blade27 viewsI picked up this blade a number of years ago and I'm no longer sure where it came from. You can see the line of the weld joint where the two sides are not completely joined.
It has been hit with a hard hammer of some kind in the past causing the top of the blade to mushroom
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018.JPGUncle Garland's Tools - froe?61 viewsHome made handle for pulling the tool sideways while splitting a billet or to guide it while the heavy bar on the other side was struck with a glut.OldSneelock
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BR_5_5.JPGEstate sale picture352 viewsThe plane I got up so early to go look at is on the table in the lower right 0f the photo. Zooming in, it looked like a "low" rosewood knob, and compared to the splitting wdege next to it, looked a bit wide like it might be a 4 1/2.TRexF16
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33_cropped.JPGSplitting Headaches277 viewsAfter rolling the tree, I was able to kerf it on the opposite side and split it. The split wasn't flat, of course, and the convex section is on the top. The concave section is in the middle, after I split the small pieces at the bottom off of it. After further sectioning, I have five irregular eight foot planks, varying from 6-8" thick and about 18" wide, lots of small pieces, a sore back and swollen knuckles.Gary K
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HPIM2650.JPGSplitting Headaches 2337 viewsA neighbor knew I liked black walnut and saved a piece for meGary K
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