I've just bought a rather nice 2kg hand axe which is very efficient for
cutting small logs for kindling. But it is very sharp and I would like to
keep all my fingers. Anybody recommend a way of holding the log steady
whilst I take a swing at it with the axe?
Usual thing is to hold the axe against the log and bring them both down on
the block with 'moderate' force so the axe goes in a fraction and sticks to
the log. Then bring them both down with enough force to do the job.
thanks guys, your suggestion does have the advantage that if I accidentally
hit the piece of kindling that I am using to steady the log then no harm is
done to the axe. Not true of my first attempt when I used bbq tongs!
I have just had a log burning stove installed so I'm suddenly needing to
learn new skills - including how to use a 6lb log-splitting maul. That is
BRG's post does leaves a nasty taste in the mouth though. But I suppose
that if you ask questions on a newsgroup then you've got to expect
occasional replies/trolls like that.
thanks to everyone
In message , Davy
It obviously makes some people feel better to make smart arse, or just
plain rude comments, rather than anything helpful, or just keeping their
Forget them and move on, most people most of the time here are helpful.
On Feb 2, 8:41 pm, chris French
I agree with that too. But blimey! Where do you start? I dare say
someone will pop a great idea up for patenting, hollow logs or
Still, this is a help group. But, blimey!
You can make kindling from newspaper by rolling it into strips and
twisting it tight enough to hold its shape. Then there is the subtle
art of collecting dead twigs from trees.
I sometimes think along those lines, but some people just don't have the
benefit of having seen someone else do it. I'm happy to tackle most jobs on
a car, but I know people who wouldn't know how to start checking the oil,
simply because they've had parents who've never done it, or their father
wasn't around to show them. A lot of "common sense" is stuff you learn
through observation without realising it IMO.
2kg (4lb) seems a bit heavy to me for a hand axe. Indeed looking at what
Screwfix have on offer, 4lb is of heavy felling axe size. This is not the
tool for spliting kindling. A hand axe has a shaft about 15" long and a
head weight of about 0.5kg...
Not intended as "smart arse or rude" simply factual - if a question like
that has to be asked in a public group for a task that is so simple that it
was being done by ten year olds in my day, then the competence of the OP
must be doubted for his own safety - remember, you can easily cut the
fingers off your hand, but it's a damn site harder to replace them.
So the moral here was simply to either get someone who knows how to do the
job, or get that person to show him how it is done - a million words typed
in this group does not count for the experience of being shown.
Especially with -- "Easy peasy. Get a big wide bit of log to use as a block,
and swing it like a sledgehammer."
In this case, using that method can cause a large lump of the block to fly
and either hit the OP in the face or an innocent bystander such as a child -
doing rather a lot of damage to soft tissue. Again. someone giving advice
without really knowing what to do himself.
BTW, I could have been far more acerbic, abusive and foul-mouthed in my
reply but that was not my intention.
I gave my opinion of the matter as simply as I could and if that has caused
offence, then my response to that is simply to get a thicker skin as very
often the truth hurts far worse than bullshit!
Yep, sometimes I see questions that I think, 'what, that's so obvious as
to not need a question. but I'd suggest that if someone isn't able to
post a helpful reply to genuine question - even if the think the
question is stupid question they just move on to the next thread.
Firstly, I never consider any question a stupid one.
Would you then rather the advice not be given, even if it is actually true -
surely it's not the purpose of this group to give just the advice that
someone wants to hear - even if it is said rather plainly (which seems to be
the problem with one or two here)?
Or would rather me have made some rather inane statement (like some in this
thread) that really would not ease the ignorance of the OP and perhaps cause
injury - it's too late when the fingers are gone.
I'd like you to explain how. Hit a log square on with a splitting maul and
you'd be doing very well to make anything fly upwards at you. IMO there's no
room for innocent bystanders when you're splitting logs as stuff will fly
out to the sides, but not up into your face.