Axe Handles

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Project by CampD posted 04-20-2018 06:07 PM 3987 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project with the need for a Hatchet at Camp. I know I had Axe/Hatchet heads in my “Extras/Restore Boxes” but wasn’t sure what I had, so I pulled them out, boy I had forgotten just how many I had. Once I got Started I had to finish them all.

Harvested a nice straight Ash, cut it to different lengths, ripped each in half on the Bandsaw and roughed out each blank. Since we’re still, it seems, in Winter here in New England I placed the rough blanks next to the woodstove to dry, worked like a charm. Rest of the profile was shaped with files, sanded smooth, used the torch to “Burn” and than couple coats of BLO.

As you can see, two 36” handles, made two 32” handles (already have given one to my son), 24” Camp Axe and one Camp Hatchet, even made one for a rivet hammer. Three will be going to Camp, 36” Axe, Camp Axe and Hatchet, the Axe at camp now will be coming home to at some point get a restore.

Thanks for looking,

-- Doug...

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#1 posted 04-20-2018 06:38 PM

I get a lot of satisfaction out of putting handles on tools.
Nice job! Love the Ash…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#2 posted 04-20-2018 09:35 PM

Thanks underdog!
I’ve been meaning to do at least a couple of these for years and once I started I couldn’t stop.
Even made a set of wheelbarrel handles.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 04-20-2018 10:00 PM

Great Job on the restoration Doug! Very impressive.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 10:47 PM

Doug, those are some really bad axes! :D They are, also, a real departure from your usual projects.

-- Art

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#5 posted 04-20-2018 10:55 PM

Thanks Jerry and Art!
Would you believe I’m always working on a resto project, in fact, im also rebuilding my utility Trailer.
But for the shop it’s back woodworking, got a couple display cabinets going and also started gathering for my bedroom Dresser.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 04-21-2018 12:25 AM

Very Nice For Sure & Well Done Doug!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 04-21-2018 11:26 AM

Very cool

I’m going to have to try making one some day

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 11:18 PM

That is a great set of handles. Nice work on them!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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