Making Wooden Axe Handles,Free Wood Tree Stand Plans,Layouts Of Houses - PDF 2016

Random thoughts on axes, knives, axe use, woodworking, bushcraft, wilderness survival, camping, hiking, and gear review. So often when it comes to axes we obsess so much about the handle being just right, that we start to think of the ability to make a handle for a hawk from a branch as some kind of magic.
I used only a hatchet head and a baton to complete the project, in addition to the branch I used as a handle. In fact, the handle was attached so securely, that once I cut off the excess part of the wedge, I had to drill it out afterwards in order to free the head.
Something to keep in mind: If you find yourself in a situation where you have to remove a broken axe handle in the woods, there are two things you can try.
What you are aiming for is to cut out a bit of wood that looks like this, just a bit bigger all round than the axe of the axe.
Next if you have another axe handle you like draw round it on the side profile, or just draw a shape you like.
So now we have a rectangular section which is about 10-15% over size at the head and just a little over size on the handle.

The part that I found particularly interesting was not the carving and splitting with the head, as that can be done just as easily with the handle still on, but the impressive speed with which he made a replacement handle. I got to thinking, how hard would it be to make a hatchet handle in the woods from a branch, using just the head of the hatchet. The first is to break off the handle below the head, using a rock or any other tool that is available. The perfect wood is nice straight grain ash fairly fast grown, if it gets more than 6-8 rings per inch it is much more brittle, 4-6 rings per inch is perfect. In that case he was addressing the scarcity of affordable new or good-quality second-hand broad axes.
Since you do not have to reshape the whole handle, but rather only the part that will go into the head, it is fairly easy work. Of course, no one would ever consider using a handle made from a branch, but if we use the same standard we do for tomahawks, the project can be completed almost as easily.
I often see it suggested that this orientation with the axe head tangential to the growth rings is good and that radial is bad.

The other old head would make a perfect alternative to a small forest axe for someone on a budget. You could probably make a tomahawk handle in half that time, but at some point the advantage becomes more theoretical than practical. The second way, which works for more stubborn handles is to take a small coal from your fire, and place it in the eye of the head. Then blow on it to hollow out the eye the same way you would if you were making a spoon without a crook knife.
In my experience ash is fine either way I more normally end up using ti the other way just because when I split the wood out that ends up closest to the shape I want. Do not put the axe head directly in the fire because that may damage the temper of the bit.

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