Veritas Bench Axe
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The Veritas Bench Axe is a cute little sucker - comes with a PM-v11 head.

Anybody have one? Anybody use any bench axe? If so, for what? At the bench?
Thanks,  Curt
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  Re: Veritas Bench Axe by cputnam (The Veritas Bench Ax...)
(09-06-2019, 10:15 PM)cputnam Wrote: The Veritas Bench Axe is a cute little sucker - comes with a PM-v11 head.

Anybody have one?  Anybody use any bench axe?  If so, for what?  At the bench?

We don't actually use an axe at the bench as shown. The marketing department is in fantasy mode. The head of the axe, such as it is, is attached with two tiny screws. That ought to hold up as long as you don't use it.
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  Re: Veritas Bench Axe by cputnam (The Veritas Bench Ax...)
I have never used this axe, but the design looks fine as the handle is notched in the head. The screws are not subject to the blunt force in use unless the fit in the notch is loose.

Simon
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  Re: RE: Veritas Bench Axe by Handplanesandmore (I have never used th...)
(09-07-2019, 09:41 AM)Handplanesandmore Wrote: I have never used this axe, but the design looks fine as the handle is notched in the head. The screws are not subject to the blunt force in use unless the fit in the notch is loose.

Simon

As well, the blade clamp has a post that fits through a hole in the handle.  The screws merely hold the clamp to the blade.  The screws will only see shearing forces if the blade rotates, which is prevented by the shape of the clamp. I don't know why a traditional carving hatchet won't work. I wouldn't use one on a bench without something between the work and the bench to prevent the axe striking the bench. Vintage hatchets / axes are abundant for well under the price of the Veritas Bench Axe or any Swedish carving axe.
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Allan Hill
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  Re: Veritas Bench Axe by cputnam (The Veritas Bench Ax...)
I don't agree with the above comments, I think this looks like a decent design and makes for an easily replaceable handle or blade, and can add convenience when sharpening...this seems what Lee Valley was intending to solve.

That will hold the axe head just fine for it's intended use, on the bench.

I think Lee Valley has a following of customers that will buy and use it and will find it to be a decent tool. I am in no way endorsed or affiliated with Lee Valley, only giving my opinions. It's not a splitting axe or a maul, it's a bench axe to use for shaping wood on a bench. Yes

EDIT: I will also add, Lee Valley has several other options if you don't like that design, but the design is very Lee Valley-isk, IMO, and it doesn't look like a bad design.

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.as...at=1,41131

http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.as...&cat=1,130

http://www.leevalley.com/us/garden/page....4728,44448

http://www.leevalley.com/us/garden/page....5794,20129

Cheers,
Alan

PS - if you want to treat yourself to a handcrafted tool, custom made for you, visit Cergol Forge, Aaron Cergol has made some fine looking axes and hatchets.

(no affiliation)
https://www.cergolforge.com

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPxQ6txg8t5/
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  Re: Veritas Bench Axe by cputnam (The Veritas Bench Ax...)
I bought ( http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.as...at=1,41131 )one a year ago last July and it has paid for itself in my shop.  I use a chopping block and the axe works great to pare stock for spoon/bread bowl carving and, I've found it serves several functions of stock removal.  Concern about the "two tiny screws" securing the head is ludicrous....I really doubt that a wedged handle is as secure as the one on this tool....and I have several axes & hatchets... Bruks and Wetterling


Don
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  Re: Veritas Bench Axe by cputnam (The Veritas Bench Ax...)
Over Labor Day weekend...walked past a few tubs, full of hammers and..
   
other goodies... Rolleyes
   
Already have a hatchet, by Plumb....and a Dayton ax
   
After a new handle was installed..
Show me a picture, I'll build a project from that
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