Kindling hachet handle

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Project by grovemadman posted 04-30-2008 10:39 PM 1982 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty simple here… Made it from some dark hickory scraps some one was gonna toss. I prefer a double curve to my handles so I can use the part of the handle near the head or further away. I save every old hatchet I can find, well axes too. A little cleaning as you can see and they are ready for years of use again. I like this one a little sharper than most would prefer since I use it for woodworking too. It is currently my favorite hatchet, and I use it mainly for making kindling for campfires. I have one for small splitting jobs.

Anyway this handle turned out pretty good so I thought I’d post it. Anyone who has old hatchets, camp axes, splitting mauls that they don’t want send ‘em over my way. I just like them!!!

-- --Chuck

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#1 posted 04-30-2008 10:55 PM

cool. its always best to give wood another life! thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 04-30-2008 11:34 PM

The handle looks good to me!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-30-2008 11:45 PM

Nice job, Chuck. A lot of tools with a broken handle would probably have been discarded but you gave this one a new lease on life and equipped it with a handle that is sturdier than its original one.

Great job.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-01-2008 07:49 AM

Boy, You’re right there Scott! I see all kinds of good tools that people throw away. A handle like this is easy to make. Cleaning rust and other things from the head are easy too. I got this a few years back but decided it needed another handle the other day. I copied the other one I made for it when I first found it. The one I made before was actuaully a little beefier, but not as nice a job.
Oh yeah, this is something you could make the next time you are sitting by the campfire.

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 05-03-2008 12:39 PM

Hello Chuck;
—-yes, I also save and collect old//new, actually all the htchets and axes I come across.

Now as to your woodworking skills here…..great! Maybe you are a ‘woodworking handler’ at making handles for axes and such.

Do you ever come across any broadaxes over their on the west coast?

Thanks for sharing….

-- --frank, NH,

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#6 posted 05-03-2008 06:35 PM

Chuck way to give life to an older tool. The handle looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#7 posted 05-03-2008 08:15 PM

Thanks guys, I don’t see too many broadaxes , let alone anyone who wants to give them away. I’ll take one if someone wants to give me one. I let an older Granfors – bruks double bit splitting axe slip through my hands a while back, the guy only wanted $20 for it! I won’t let that happen again…
I might do a blog when I get time on making handles. They are a piece of cake to make the way I do them. You can do most of the work on the bandsaw for rough shaping. the rest can be done with a spindle sander or a drill press and a sanding drum. Another alternative is a belt sander turned upside down in a vice. More on that later.

-- --Chuck

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#8 posted 08-25-2010 01:16 PM

Looks good. Enjoy it.

-- Jiri

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