Axe handle making, modifications, repair and more

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Maine20, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Wow that came out great! Really nice man! I like the wood choice.
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  2. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I love it! Great process, great handle and I like all the pics.

    Is that oak?

    No shame in using a belt sander or anyother power tool. Just get at the piece of wood you want.

    As for the checking, I tend to cut my staves at least 4" longer than the final handle. 6" longer is nice if you have the material available. Most any wood will check some while drying, even when it's been coated and seasoned slowly in a cool shaded place.
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  3. Square_peg

    Square_peg Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Those do look cool but only for a wall hanger. First you wouldn't want to mess up the art. But also I'm sure it does something to the integrity of the wood. Even burning the surface as a decorative finish weakens the wood.
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  4. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Thank you! Yes it's red oak.
    I really need to make a shave horse. My bench is very light and not attached well so using a draw knife is a pain. It chatters really badly and makes it difficult. If I had that set up properly I would only use an orbital as I'm hanging the axe. But for now 30 grit on the belt sander is the easiest way for me.
    You probably don't remember but I took a 21" oak with an axe and posted to "let's use these axes for what they were meant for" thread about a year and a half ago.
    In the long run it was the wrong choice but I was determined to get to roughing them out quickly and wanted to "waste" as little firewood as possible. I should've known better. Lol.
    So I ended up cutting them to 31". I'll get some good 30"s out of them. But yes I'm aware that you should add 2" or 3" to either end. Next time I definitely will! ;):D

    Haha thank you! No head lined up yet!
    It makes sense that our process is similar. Unless I'm mistaken that is the old way of doing it!
    I'm very interested in seeing your similar hewing hatchet!! Tons of fun this hobby. :D:thumbsup::)
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  5. Meek1


    Aug 11, 2019
    Heck yeah, great job!
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  6. Maine20


    Aug 8, 2017
    finally got around to making a handle for my warren cruiser. Made from an ash stave I cut and split almost 2 years ago. Didn’t get many pictures, This is it roughed out with a band saw. Used a draw knife, spoke shave and rasp to finish it from here. I will post the finished product in what did you rehang today.




  7. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Somebody used a steel cross wedge. (As if that isn't obvious)
    So I clamped it down low, spread it and glued it.

    Then shaped a filler to fill the cross wedge space. This cannot spread it at all, but must totally fill the gap.

    I never cross wedge or even use step wedges anymore for this very reason. That and it just isn't neccessary.
    But man it sure looks pretty! I may do more like this one where it's just decorative. That won't hurt a thing and I really think it looks nice.

    I used southern poplar for this wedge. It's lighter in color than yellow birch is and since I never do these I wanted to accentuate the wedge. I'm pleased with it!
    This is a great Hartwell Bros haft. 35" now. 20210407_131449.jpg
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2021 at 1:14 PM
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  8. BigKidBrother


    [​IMG] My first attempt at making a handle:

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