Rehandle an Axe…check

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Now that we are again homeowners, I (jeremy) have decided that there are certain skills that are…important for a land owning, country living, man. Being able to chop down a tree with an axe is one such skill. I do have an axe, but it was in pretty rough shape, the handle was cracked and almost falling off. After it’s first use by a friend chopping down a small tree in the yard, the handle was completely separated from the blade.

Just as being able to fell trees on my own land, what kind of man would I be if I didn’t re-handle it myself when it broke?

After perusing various youtube videos and blog entries detailing the process, I began my own axe rehandling project.

Step 1, get a new handle.

Ames True Temper 2036700 36-Inch Single Bit Axe Hickory Replacement Handle

Step 2, Remove old handle from axe head

Step 3, Pound Handle into axe head (you can shave the insert piece down or just bash it in there with a sledge hammer and a piece of wood in between so the metal/metal contact doesn’t fracture either.

Step 4, Hammer in wedge (my handle came with a wooden one that would not fit. Luckily the old handle had a metal one that i could re-use.

Step 5, Chop something down.

This may not be the best way to re-handle an axe, but it’s the way I did it, it worked very well & I learned a bit about how these tools are put together.

Update: I subsequently re-handled my sledgehammer, which was a much smoother process due to the knowledge gained in re-handling the axe.

 

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