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Both our single-headed and double-headed axes needed new handles, so I started on the single. I cut a length of cedar and used our drawknife and my brother's chisels to shape the handle. I used the metal wedge in the original handle for mine, I think it might be aluminum or light steel (I don't know my metals very well). I am really pleased with how it turned out! (I accidentally put the head on upsidedown, whoops! As far as I know, it isn't a problem, please correct me if I am wrong.)
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Cedar wood
Cedar wood
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Head and wedge
Head and wedge
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Shaping the handle
Shaping the handle
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Head on and ready for the wedge
Head on and ready for the wedge
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Wedge in
Wedge in
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I did a bit more refining on the handle and it was done!
I did a bit more refining on the handle and it was done!
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I finished making a nice wooden handle for a two sided axe head that didn't have a handle. so I fixed that problem.
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the axe-head
the axe-head
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Shaping an axe haft with a drawknife. The haft is clamped to a railing
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axe handle in progress clamped to a deck railing
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the business end of a new axe haft
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the finished product
the finished product
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the wedge
the wedge
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Note: Nice wedge-style handle. It don't seem very solid from here, so be careful, but the goal was to learn to do it !

 
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maple wood handle with wedge in mid top of the handle. then cut flush.
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A while ago, I made a handle for this axe. In a sense, I'm glad it broke now, so that I could properly document the construction of this handle

Made the new handle out of olive wood (just like the old one), and I decided to make it a little more light-weighted.
(I was so proud that my brain even went there: 'hmmmm, I would like my handle to be lighter and I want a sharper curve at the end'. When I made my first handle, it was more like: 'coooolllll, I'm going to make a handle for the axe' )

How it went: Roughly shaped the handle with the machete. The hardest part of the construction is where the axe has to fit on the wood, so before starting the finer work, I made sure I got the metal over the wood. Made the opening for the wedge, saw that it was probably going to be fine, so I then finished the rest of the handle, ending with making it smooth with sanding paper. Then I put the wedge went in, cut it flush, and done!
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The handle that is no more.
The handle that is no more.
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The new handle will be made from olive, just like the old one.
The new handle will be made from olive, just like the old one.
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The new handle under construction.
The new handle under construction.
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The new handle sanded smooth and ready for the wedge.
The new handle sanded smooth and ready for the wedge.
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The new handle with the wedge and ready to be used again!
The new handle with the wedge and ready to be used again!
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Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Make a Wedge-Style Handle BB.

I bought a rusty ball peen hammer, split some european nettle tree wood (celtis australis), got it into shape with the draw knife, added a wedge from scrap hardwood.
The wood (nettle tree, called almez here in Spain) was a pleasure to work with. It was traditioanally used around here, as it can be found everywhere, is easy to work and has supreme handle properties.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - pic of tool with missing/broken/inadequate handle
 - pic of new handle under construction
 - pic of tool with new handle installed
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Note: I hearby certify this complete.  Happy hammering!

 
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This tool was rattling around in a pickup toolbox. The old handle came off after a few swings. So I picked it for this bb. I think it is a maul.. .? Anybody know? I would love to restore the head. Would a grinding wheel give it a new/better angle? I worry it would make the cutting edge more brittle.
The new handle is made from a walnut branch. Sonis the wedge. I shaped them roughly with a hatchet. Then I carved the rest with my carving blades. I don't have the awesome carpentry equipment in the video at the start if this bb. Wish I did! Maybe for Chriatmas.
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Old tool, broken handle
Old tool, broken handle
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Walnut branch
Walnut branch
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Roughly shaped new handle
Roughly shaped new handle
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Wedge installed, before sawing
Wedge installed, before sawing
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Finished tool yay!
Finished tool yay!
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Rebekah Harmon wrote:This tool was rattling around in a pickup toolbox. The old handle came off after a few swings. So I picked it for this bb. I think it is a maul.. .? Anybody know? I would love to restore the head. Would a grinding wheel give it a new/better angle? I worry it would make the cutting edge more brittle.


Ooh, that looks like it might be for blacksmithing work.
 
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What is an axe without a handle?
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materials
materials
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part way done
part way done
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action jackson
action jackson
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wedgie
wedgie
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all done!
all done!
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