Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Restored FSS Pulaski Axe

This is an old Barco FSS Pulaski that I've had kicking around for a couple years.  Which is odd for me cause I really like it and have from the beginning.  I finally got it finished up.  Here is the project

How she started

hand filed out that chip and took off most of the rust while leaving some of the patina

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cheap Mans Fallers Belt Kit

So I wanted to keep my tools handy on me when I'm doing tree work but I didn't want to drop $40-50 to get a wedge pouch and a quick access axe scabbard.  If I was a pro then sure.  But I'm not.  So I set out to see what would make do and came up with the following.  All these items I already had on hand so it cost me nothing to put together.  Most of this stuff you probably have as well, and if not these items are cheap and readily available in any area I would think.

Wedge pouch -   I was looking for something that could work and then thought a wedge and an AR mag are pretty close in size.  And it was close enough.  This is a single mag pouch and I can fit two 8 in. wedges inside it.  It's snug but works fine and they are securely in there.  I did have to retie the bungee cord to be single lined to extend it enough to reach over the wedges. The molle webbing worked great to hold your scrench.  You could hang a fallers tape from it was well and probably carry a file too.

Next up I wanted one of those quick access axe scabbards that holds your axe upright on your backside.  They looked handy so started looking for something I could make one out of.  I didn't have a leather piece big enough for one and I didn't know if leather would be rigid enough to hold the shape well to keep the axe where you want it.  So started looking for something plastic that would be hard enough to hold a shape and strong enough the axe wouldn't easily pierce it. Then I saw one of my empty 5qt oil jugs.  And here we go...

Looks like it will be a tight squeeze on my Council pack axe.  I'm hoping to get it to fit as this axe is a great fallers buddy.

I decided to try and heat the plastic to bend it out a bit and see if the clearance will work for the pack axe.  I'll roll the dice and see what happens.

Well I didn't have any mini bolts small enough so I again looked at what I had and decided to go with some small zip ties.  I drilled small holes and lashed em up.

the bottom of this jug did have ridges that added a lot of stability to the bottom.  Especially when overlapped a bit.

well it was just too small for the pack axe.  I'll do another one later for it.

So went and got my slightly smaller Plumb Cedar half axe and it fit fine.  It's just under 19" and the head is 1.75lb.  It should work great too. 

the kit!

cut out a couple belt slits

now for your modeling pics in the garage shop runway...

Well it turned out pretty good and works as intended.  Cost nothing, also weighs nothing.  Well I learned a bit for the next one I'll make.  First off I made it backwards.  The scabbards I've seen the axe handle is on your strong arm side, I flipped this one for lefty.  This still works easy though.  I don't think it will bother me that bad.  I'm interested to see how will the zip ties hold up.  I'll throw a couple extra in my tool kit I keep in the truck just in case.  As for the next one I'm thinking an old storage bin might make a good candidate.  We shall see.

So I would call this one a win.  I got my weekend warrior fallers kit for a bargain.

Hope you liked it!  Thanks for looking!