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I was inspired by burninghxcsoul, on the knife maker forum. He forged a pickaroon.
I don't forge.
I used a $2 dollar camp axe head & $1 Hickory handle from yard sale fines.
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I drew a patter for cut out guideline...
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I used cut off wheel on disc grinder...
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I took a 1/4" of material off pole to reduce weight...
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rough cut out...
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Knocked some corners off and rounded some edges with bench grinder, but didn't use it much...
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Went to disc grinder and grinding wheel for shaping the overall profile...
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Got the shape I wanted.
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Switch to 60 grit flapper wheel to soften up grinding marks...
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At this point, I noticed deep nicks in sides, so I decided if I can't grind or sand them out, I would leave them in for the old patina look, since the Hickory handle looks dark & old. Maybe the pickaroon would look old...lol
 

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Lots of sanding. I got to 220 grit and stopped there
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Time to hang head. I filed & sanded handle for tight fit.
I inserted wooden wedge in handle and head (forget to get pictures)
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With head wedged tightly, I drilled hole for roll pin...
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Roll pin cut off and sanded..
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Ready for use...
I will apply Boiled Linseed Oil to handle, a few more times...
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Before I started, I sanded the shellac from handle. Then applied two coats of Boiled Linseed Oil, letting oil soak in for a day or two.
I will apply BLO for another two or three times or as needed. Handle is 28" long.
This will be a handy tool to move firewood and serve other duties.

7 uses for a Pickaroon
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Nice job.... I use mine continually during the firewood processes. rounds to the splitter, pole length to the buzz saw, stacking wood. A great tool and a back saver!!!
 

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Nice, I like it! I had never heard of these things until my friend asked me to make one. Once I made it I was really surprised at how easy it made to pick up firewood and stuff. They definitely are a must have if you cut/split a lot of wood.
 

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Nice! Brings back memories from when I worked in a paper mill. There were guys in the pulp mill who used them all day inspecting and feeding wood into the pulp grinders. Require the same respect as an ax.
 
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