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Re: Made my first axe handle
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2017, 12:05:11 PM »
Yes  :) :-\
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Re: Made my first axe handle
« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2017, 01:03:27 PM »
Good looking handle. I use ash also sometimes. I am an axe junkie with way too many axes the wife says,

What brand axe is that/makers mark? looks like a GBA maybe.
It is a Sandvic 1 3/4 pound camp axe that I purchased over 30 years ago for canoe camping trips. I first tried replacing it with a 2 lb boys axe from TSC and there was no comparison so the only option was make a handle. :)
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Re: Made my first axe handle
« Reply #22 on: July 19, 2017, 01:17:34 PM »
Many years ago when I was young and thought I knew everything I replaced
a broken wood ax handle with a steel pipe. That steel pipe almost took off
my ear. I heated a chunk of black plastic pipe and slid it over the steel. It
looked real good but it hurts when it bites back. It now sits in the corner of
the shop collecting dust reminding me not to do that again.
I have a large ballpein hammer that my dad found at the dump and welded a pipe handle to the head. 1 good strike will make your hand numb for a hour, I guess that is why he wore heavy leather gloves when using it . That one also sits in a drawer as a reminder. Estwing seems to be the only manufacturer that makes good steel handled tools.  :)
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Re: Made my first axe handle
« Reply #23 on: July 19, 2017, 01:25:21 PM »
[snip]

We all like different flavors of ice cream. :)

That's all well and good... but if you don't like real strawberry ice cream with dry roasted peanuts stirred in it, you're just not human! Might be some kind of invading alien life form out to pollute our precious bodily fluids.


If that axe fits your hand then it not only looks good, it is good. And both of those would be true whether it's your first or your 500th.

As to the material, I'd take ash for a swinging handle over straight grained hickory sapwood any day.

I like pistachio, don't eat strawberry.   ;D . Doesn't seem to have any strange vibrations after a couple good hits,  it is nice and solid. I am going to start picking up some more heads from flea markets and fix a couple more old gems. :)
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Re: Made my first axe handle
« Reply #24 on: July 25, 2017, 09:09:48 AM »
Very nice job building that axe handle Ed.

My favorite axe has an Elm handle, (but I didn't build it).
 

 
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