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Ryan Herring
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Does anyone have any experience or know of information on different ways to make an offset handle for a hewing axe?

I don't have any experience with steam bending but if that is my only option then I will soon!!

Thanks in advance.

Ryan
 
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Hi Ryan,

I do, and sorry it took me this long...I wasn't getting notified of new posts. Give me some 1.,2., 3., type questins and I will do the best I can for you.

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j
 
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If you're loking to buy The Hickory Handle Store has Broad axe handles.
Making a steam box to bend handles is really relatively simple. http://www.allwoodwork.com/article/woodwork/methods_of_bending_wood.htm

 
Ryan Herring
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Sorry, I didn't realize anyone responded to my question.

The axe head is approx. 7.5 lbs
The eye is parallel with the bit. So the offset has to be in the handle.

Since I have never used a hewing axe before I was wondering about....
1. Hand clearance vs. control, pretty much the angle of the offset.
2. Is grain runoff really critical in a handle that wouldn't be getting nearly the shock that a felling axe handle would.
3. If grain runoff is critical then steam bending seems to be the only option. Is there an advantage to the 'S' handle shape vs. one with just a single bend.

I wasn't interested in buying a handle so I just decided to just give it shot.

Here is what I know I did wrong:
1. my grain direction is about as bad as it's possible to be, but the wood was free.
2. the handle is oak, not hickory or ash, but, again, the wood was free.

I got about a 15 deg. offset, though it is hard to see in the picture.
We'll see which breaks first, me or the handle.

I would appreciate any input.

Ryan


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The angle looks pretty good, the linoleum lines makes it look a little less than what it is. Length is a consideration too. Too short your bent over all day. I'll see if I can't get a pic of mine uploaded today.
 
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The handle measures 22" to the center of the bit.
 
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I'll be in the shop today and take a pic/measurements.
 
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