New handle for a broken hatchet

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Project by jordanp posted 09-29-2013 02:38 AM 2267 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bought a new smith and Wesson hatchet about a year ago and the first time I used it on a camping trip the plastic handle broke and revealed a hollow plastic handle. Wasn’t happy..

After sitting in my Alice pack for a year, I pulled it out chiseled away the remaining plastic and fit it with a custom made tzalem wood handle. Turned out pretty solid finished it in BLO and paste wax.

In total I spent about an hour making, fitting and finishing the new handle.

I added a picture of the lovely plastic handle remains.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#1 posted 09-29-2013 07:43 AM

That’s a fine handle and beautiful tool. Good job.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 09-29-2013 02:55 PM

Glad you were able to salvage something out of the wreckage. Very nice looking new handle (had to look
up tzalem to find out what it was). Hope you get some usage out of the hatchet. My favorite is still my
old Hudson bay ax. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 09-30-2013 02:12 AM

Good looking handle. I see continuous grain from end to end. The strongest handle you can make. I’m sure the steel in the head is better quality than the handle it came with. Now you should have a multi generational all purpose camping / around the house tool. Good work.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 10-01-2013 03:01 AM

It’s great you were able to save it. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 10-01-2013 06:16 PM

It looks good and way better than the plastic one. It will serve you well especially on camping trips. Great job!

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#6 posted 10-01-2013 08:11 PM

Thanks guys, I’m becoming a big fan of Tzalem, not to bad to work with, not a lot of tare out, and Extremely strong and resilient. Beautiful Rays running across the grain, takes BLO and Wax very well. And i think I paid under $10 a Board foot.

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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