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I got a very nice axe with a VERY bad handle and it was constantly falling off.
That made me think in making it a new one. Hope you like it! It feels very comfortable in my hand.
Here how I went through the process.
Got a template from the web (sorry I don't know from where).


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Ah! I see what you were doing! But why not just go the other way and cut along the line instead of cutting to the line? Just so little pieces can fall off and not bind the blade?''

I was just looking at pictures. Did you post some videos too, or are those advertisements? LJ is so cluttered with ads these days.
 

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Ocelot, I thoght that was the safest way of doing this with my tools and skill. I did not post any videos, just simple photos. After the ones I posted I followed it with a spokeshave and some rasps. Then sanded.

Ah! I see what you were doing! But why not just go the other way and cut along the line instead of cutting to the line? Just so little pieces can fall off and not bind the blade?
I was just looking at pictures. Did you post some videos too, or are those advertisements? LJ is so cluttered with ads these days.
- Ocelot
 

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Well the results are great. I was drawn to yuor post because I too need to make some handles. Maybe I'll do it your way. I would not have thought of doing it that way.
 

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Looks great, Diego. The one other thing you might consider is putting a steel wedge in perpendicular to your wooden wedge. That'll lock everything together and expand the handle in the other direction, really locking it and the head together.
 

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Hi Dave, I did not do that because I dont really know how to make that steel wedge, size relation of the axe eye… Im in a loss here
Looks great, Diego. The one other thing you might consider is putting a steel wedge in perpendicular to your wooden wedge. That'll lock everything together and expand the handle in the other direction, really locking it and the head together.

- Dave Polaschek
 

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Hammer wedges used to be sold in hardware stores. They look like these and are about 3/4 of the width of the eye in the hammer head, and 3 or 4 mm thick.

I have a few around, since if you buy a pre-made handle, you usually get one or two included with the handle, plus whenever I break a handle, I save the old wedges that come out of it.
 

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I am a big fan of your work. And I like your spirit of repairing old tools. So please excuse me when I say this axe handle scares me. The grain that is in contact with the head, seems to run out way before it gets to the end of the handle.

It is a recipe for a break. Granted it is a carving axe so maybe you are not swinging it hard.
 

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Thank you Swirt. Yes it looks like that, I took the precaution to inspect the grain before, it had a gentle curve following the template. But jyou could be right nevertheless . This wood has the fiber all mix up, when a plane it you have grain going crazy in some places and have tare out in some spots. Thank you for the heads up I'll be watching it carefully.
I am a big fan of your work. And I like your spirit of repairing old tools. So please excuse me when I say this axe handle scares me. The grain that is in contact with the head, seems to run out way before it gets to the end of the handle.

It is a recipe for a break. Granted it is a carving axe so maybe you are not swinging it hard.

- swirt
 

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In this photo from the other side you can see that the grain direction follows the curve of the handle.
 

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