For this axe head, I chopped down a Saskatoon standing dead pole/branch. I used a knife then a draw knife to peel, shape and smooth the handle. Then I split the end and made some wedges, put the head on and was a snug fit, then knocked a wedge in and finished it. Now Paul has a new axe with character for his tool rack!
It's a bit rough, but I don't mind letting a giligan borrow this one with 30 seconds of training. The handle is made from a "scrap" of white oak that was found laying in a pile of MDF and other garbage. It still needs some oil, but it has already been put to work.
"Now he called his name Noah, saying, 'This one will give us rest from our work and from the toil of our hands arising from the ground which the Lord has cursed." -Genesis 5:29 (NASB)
Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Make a Wedge-Style Handle BB.
I acquired this combination hatchet/hammer at a garage sale last summer and it needs some love. I cleared the heavy rust and reshaped the blade edge with an angle grinder before removing the handle. The handle was still stuck in the head but it had slipped out some and had also been damaged at the other end where you're hand goes - not comfortable to use this tool. After I drilled out the handle, I soaked it in vinegar to remove the rest of the rust while I searched the oak branch pile for a new handle. The drawknife, a belt sander, and the band saw completed the task of making the handle.
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