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Replacing a wooden handle
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deadcarp    Posted 01-21-2004 at 16:45:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
was looking thru the tips on replacing a wooden handle (hammer, shovel, axe, doesn't matter what) and realized there was something missing -- the advice is all good except there's a better way to get the handle thru the hole. there's no need to file, try, file some more, try again, oil it, twist it etc. just rasp or sand the new handle down til it just starts but is mostly slightly oversized, then hacksaw a notch down thru the length of the contact area. cut the notch the long way, cuz the head holes are wider at the top than at the bottom. then carefully tap the handle into the head hole, and once it holds the head, flip the assembly handle-up. you can now use a hammer or wood block or whatever's handy to tap sharply on the GRIP end of the HANDLE, letting everything swing head-down in midair. i know it sounds like a joke, but that head will start straightening out, shaving its own path, center itself and suck its own way right up onto the handle. once it's nested right, drive in the wedges and rasp off the slivers. in fact, if you get carried away, you can drive it too far. :)


Bob/Ont    Posted 01-22-2004 at 09:06:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
DC, I have had the best luck putting in handles using an arbour press. Force the handle in compress the wood. Take it back out sand it a bit and repeat untill it's in far enough. Then wedge it and sand the top off. That's on a 1# ballpeen hammer and it's never came loose. I think compressing the wood is what did it. I never could get them to stay tight before that.
Later Bob


Defender    Posted 01-22-2004 at 04:05:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess I need picchurs. Cant see it in my head


BOSS    Posted 01-21-2004 at 19:15:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
OR you can just go out and buy a new tool. Most of the time the new handles cost more than the tool itself.


yes well    Posted 01-21-2004 at 19:58:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
or you can cut hickory when the sap is low and make whatever handle you might need. it helps if you know a drawknife and shaving horse. few do nowadays. i do, an do the very thing when time allows. usually once a year on the cutting. once every so often on the fitting.


forgot my name-    Posted 01-21-2004 at 20:04:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mike D.

p.s.- i have a broadaxe and a shipwrights adze that have handles that aren't pretty as store bought, but a h&ll of a lot stronger.


KellyGa    Posted 01-21-2004 at 16:46:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep, lol


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