Nicole Alderman wrote:
paul wheaton wrote:I kinda wonder for folks that want a super dry stick for the handle, if putting is somewhere warm for a few days would help. Or maybe "bake at 150 for an hour"? :)
To get my wood dry, I tend to stick it in front of my woodstove, or near it in some fashion (about 2 or 3 feet away, so it can't catch fire, but does get dry and heated). One could also stick it near their hot air vent, if they have electric heating (my vents push out barely hot air, so it's not like it's a fire hazard. Those with hotter vents, should distance their sticks further).
Almost there, can you make the handle a bit more useful? Less stabby to the hand parts...
Better, it's now approved. Ideally the handle should be something you'd want to use for a while without getting blisters.
Randy Fox wrote:Did this one last night, cut the round log from the same branch that my last malet came from. A dry oak branch was laying close by. I didnt have a hand drill, so i used a 9mm socket and 14" wratchet to twist the 1" auger bit.
I used my pocket knife to carve the handle and whittle a wedge for the end. The hard dry oak was not easy to carve.
Finally after driving the handle in place, I drove a wedge into the handle end to make it more snug.
I stripped the bark off of the head and left to dry in front of a dehumidifier, a paper liner is under the head in case it weeps sap all over.
Over all time laps of less then 2 hours.
D.W. Stratton wrote:Here's my go at it. Used hatchet to hack down some staghorn sumac, saw to cut a good sized length off for the head. Handle made from some sumac sticks I had lying around already dry. Used a chisel and blunt side of hatchet to hammer out the shaft hole which made me *very* much appreciate drills. Head did tighten up and even crack a bit, but handle was still a little wobbly so I shimmed the handle with a small sliver of wood and she works like a beaut!
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Edit: updated handle. How now, brown cow?