Intro: Broken Axe Handle Field Repair
Over the years I've seen my dad breaking alot of axe handles chopping firewood. Living in the country there isn't always a hardware store nearby, so he would do a quick fix. Usually they would last for a few more seasons, Well, now that it's my responsibility. I thought I'd go get my very own axe. $25 at the hardware store, can't go wrong! It's done me good, chopping wood for about three seasons now. Today was a bit cold and it was having a bad day, I hit the edge of the block and snap! I was left with a handle and the axe in the wood. So enough about my story, here's how I fixed it.
Step 1: Materials
- drill and a drill bit
- tape (I used electrical tape)
- screws and a screwdriver
- broken axe
Step 2: Holding It in Place
Now you have to try to align the splinters back in place so its straight. Once you have done this its time to put a light wrap of tape around the wound so it stays in place while you pre drill your holes.
Step 3: Drilling the Holes
All I could find for screws were these 1" screws that were fairly wide. So I used a 1/8" bit to make my holes, don't be too picky where you put them. It doesn't matter too much because the rope will give it the strength.
Step 4: Screw the Screws!
You know the drill! Time to start twisting.
Step 5: Wrap the Rope
Well this is a bit tricky and I apologize for not taking a picture of the roping process but I don't have 3 hands...YET! I used a screw to hold one end of the rope, then turned the rope around the handle as tight as I could. Then I came back around and finished by tying a loop around the end and knotting it. Finally I wrapped a good amount of tape around the rope and a chopping I went.
It really works good! doesn't show any signs of coming loose or bending. as a bonus I won't loose it in the bush with the red tape.
Thanks for viewing! and happy wood chopping.