Introduction: Handle Making

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late again bad wookie : ( ok so maybe i cant teach you how to make a tomahawk like the one i made today but i can show you how to make the handle

Step 1: Matereals

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for this you need a hard wood, i'm using a piece oak i cut off part of an old broken shovel handle a little thick but it will do, as for lenigth its really personal preference, i just cut it the same as my favorite hammer and called it good

Step 2: Begin Carving

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mark the middle of your handle material and go with the grain, then start using thumb assisted cuts to get it into the shape you want, make it 1/4 to 1/2 an inch longer than your head is and don't remove too much, make it a snug fit

Step 3: Almost There

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after cleaning out the inside of my hole a little more i got it to drop down on snug, now you need to cut along that line you marked earlier with a thin blade, i just used a hack saw, make it as deep as your head

Step 4: Spreading

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now take a thin piece of wood and sharpen it to a flat edge, i just used a hand plane and sand paper but you can also carve it if you like, pound that in a good ways and break it off, my head was on there pretty tight by now but just to help keep it that way i pounded in a nail cross ways

Step 5: Done

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alright be safe and have fun


Wolfie-60 (author)2017-05-19

I forged my own blade but couldn't find a handle. this will be perfect.

meddler (author)2015-10-07

I found a pretty small old hatchet head in the woods and can't seem to find a handle in the store for it. I think this will do very well. Thanks.

Basement_Craftsman (author)2015-08-05

I have an almost identical axe. Thanks for sharing.

really? that's cool, railroad spikes are fun

Frodo1965 (author)2015-08-05

Great idea about cutting the top- it would have saved me a split handle! Wish I was smart enough to have thought of it.... Thanks!

my wookie (author)Frodo19652015-08-05

your welcome, thanks for looking

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