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I need a new axe handle
« on: May 14, 2010, 09:37:00 PM »
the handle on my favorite hatchet broke the other day and I have been trying to make a new one but have discovered only one thing. I suck at makeing axe handles. Im homping there is someone who could shape one out for me if I sent them the axe head and cracked handle. Its not your run of the mill hardwear store axe and I can no longer find a site that carrys the axe let alone spare handles so custom making one is the only way to go. any help is appreatiated.
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010, 09:44:44 PM »
Here is a good post on how to make an axe handle.

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,29193.msg419872.html#msg419872

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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 09:45:18 PM »
Twist Marcel's (Isawlogs) arm.  If I remember, he is a master handle maker.
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2010, 07:55:31 AM »
I'd dropped a junk hickory for a neighbor out of her backyard and was salvaging what I could out of a crappy half rotten log.  First Hickory I've sawed and not an experience I'm in a rush to do again any time soon.

Anyway, I cut it to 2" x2"  for some handle stock,  band saw to shape, round over on a shaper,  and hit it with the drawknife, sanders,  and scrapers.  I really am getting to like what hand scrapers can do.

Couple of pics.  The one sledge handle is close to 4'. I like the leverage and balance it gives and the knob on the end.  Note the overstrike protection built into it.  Hickory makes a good handle!

 



 

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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010, 08:33:25 AM »
 Very nice handles. I would not want to be holding the spike while you drive it in with that 4' sledge!

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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010, 07:43:53 AM »
I thought it was the wives that were supposed to hold the spike ?? ;D
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2010, 09:53:22 AM »

 Wish Ida known that when I was married   ;D
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2010, 02:28:58 PM »
I've made a few axe handles from hard maple. I just used the pattern off a handle I was replacing and whittled them out with an axe and smooth it up with a spoke shave. It just takes practice. Make it a little tight if the wood is not well dried and set it aside to dry further, then carve some more to fit. Make a split end for wedge. Good to go. ;D Our traditional handle wood around here was Ostrya virginiana.
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2010, 07:03:12 PM »
I think Lie-Nielsen uses a lot of hophornbeam too.
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2010, 10:13:55 PM »
"What you talkin' 'bout", Swamp Donkey.   They don't have any ostrich wood in Virginia.
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2010, 01:12:03 AM »
There has to be a story behind all of those scientific names :) I think you're talking about what we call Ironwood up here.
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2010, 01:33:45 AM »
Ostrya virginiana is American Hophornbeam.
Carpinus caroliniana is hornbeam, ironwood, blue beech.
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Re: I need a new axe handle
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2010, 01:49:29 AM »
In New Brunswick, farmers call it hop-hornbeam and foresters call it ironwood. Thus, the use of latin. :D
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