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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.

Tools are much more useful if they have handles.  Handles occasionally break and need to be replaced.  Let's learn how to make a handle!

Tools handles that qualify for this BB are:
 - axe
 - hatchet
 - maul
 - sledge
 - hammer
 - pick
 - pickaxe
 - pulaski

Split wood is generally better stock to use for handles but store-bought will work if you watch the grain (as mentioned in this video):


To get certified for this BB, post the following as pictures or video (<2 minutes long):

  - tool with missing/broken/inadequate handle
  - new handle under construction
  - tool with new wedge-style handle installed
  - show the wedge installed
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I did this at the PEP1 event!  Not best handle but it's possibly the prettiest
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Wooden handle and hammer head
Wooden handle and hammer head
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Shaping handle with shaving horse and draw knife
Shaping handle with shaving horse and draw knife
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Finished beauty
Finished beauty
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This is a handle I crafted for a sledge hammer at the PEP 1 course.
Sledge-hammer-head.jpg
Sledge hammer head
Sledge hammer head
Cutting-the-handle-to-size.jpg
Cutting the handle to size
Cutting the handle to size
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Using the draw knife to shape the handle
Using the draw knife to shape the handle
Shaping-the-neck-of-the-handle.jpg
Shaping the neck of the handle
Shaping the neck of the handle
Creating-the-slit-for-the-wedge.jpg
Creating the slit for the wedge
Creating the slit for the wedge
Fits-in-the-sledge-head-snuggly.jpg
Fits in the sledge head snuggly
Fits in the sledge head snuggly
Creating-the-wedge.jpg
Creating the wedge
Creating the wedge
Wedge-installed-and-cut.jpg
Wedge installed and cut
Wedge installed and cut
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Finished product!
Finished product!
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Testing out the sledge on a log
Testing out the sledge on a log
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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!
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Raw handle
Raw handle
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Getting ready to shape the handle
Getting ready to shape the handle
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Axe all finished
Axe all finished
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One of my favorite hatchets.
Hammer-hatchet-with-no-handle.jpg
Hammer/hatchet with no handle
Hammer/hatchet with no handle
Handle-in-the-making.jpg
Handle in the making
Handle in the making
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Handle smoothed out
Handle smoothed out
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Handle installed
Handle installed
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Handle finished in the axe head
Handle finished in the axe head
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Handle pommel
Handle pommel
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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.
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Starting materials
Starting materials
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Tools used
Tools used
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Handle in progress
Handle in progress
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Finished handle
Finished handle
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This is a hammer head that is missing a handle before I made a handle for it.



These are a few pictures of me constructing the handle.







This is the hammer with my finished handle that I made!



My handle stood up to the work that a hammer does pretty well!



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I told Ashley that I'd give this hammerhead a handle, and here it is!







It's not *the* greatest handle in the world but the wedge seems to hold pretty well:



ETA:  Here is a followup of how this crude, yet very effective, hammer pulls a nail.

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Made a handle for a carving hatchet.
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Roughing out hatchet handle
Roughing out hatchet handle
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Hatchet head needing handle
Hatchet head needing handle
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Ready to rock!
Ready to rock!
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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
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wedge handle tool
wedge handle tool
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handle damage
handle damage
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oak branch undergoing transformation into handle
oak branch undergoing transformation into handle
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band saw cutting notch for wedge
band saw cutting notch for wedge
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installing handle and setting wedge
installing handle and setting wedge
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pounding wedge into place
pounding wedge into place
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I kept about 1-inch of material above the handle instead of cutting it all off flush
I kept about 1-inch of material above the handle instead of cutting it all off flush
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