Restore an Axe!




About: Well. I like peanut butter milkshakes. I like camping. I like motor sports. And I play a lot of video games. My workbench is on my porch. Which is not heated or cooled yet... I REALLY want a cnc and a laser...

I made my axe better, restored if you will... Here you go!

Step 1: The Gig.

So, I have this axe.... so noone ever.

It is beat, it is old, it is rustyish. I do not even know what the handle was made of...

But I decided it needed to be restored. Well, made a littler better, fixed, look cool. To me atleast.

So, step 1 is... Figure out what you want, how you want to do it, and then while doing it, improvise because how you thought you were going to do it is usually not going to happen!

Step 2: Precautions! YAY!

We are (well I am...) going to use things that make dust, sparks, flames, and heat. We are also using sharp objects. So please, work with respect and know that I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE for any HARM done.

With that out of the way... here we go.

Step 3: Cut Old Handle Off... Face Palm.

So, we are replacing this horrible handle. I used a knife I just sharpened (instructable coming!) to slice this disgusting electrical tape handle. (I got this from my father, he got it from who knows where, just like it is.)

So, cut and rip, and repeat until you have original metal or wood handle. (mine is metal, so this will be about metal handle.)

Step 4: Straighten If Bent, Then Start to Clean.

I used heat and a hammer to beat this handle back into shape. It was bent to begin with, now it is still bent.... just not as much.

I then started to sand it by hand.....

Step 5: Sand and Sand Some More.

So, sanding by hand is horrible, and slow......

So i used a Dremel, well... the cheap off brand that is black and de.... you get it.

With a sanding bit, I then switched to the wire wheel attachment which helped a lot.. just sand until your happy. I did.

Also, this creates dust, and sparks. Wear better safety gear than I did...

Step 6: Wrap It Up.

Literally. I used para-cord, black. I did two layers, so it is a good sized handle. No tape... I did use a little bit of Hot glue for the end, after wrapping it to keep it all good. tie it, then secure with hot glue.

Step 7: All Done!

Enjoy your newly remodeled, axe!



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    8 Discussions

    Luke Wilson

    1 year ago

    You had a great opportunity for the best pun ever! You could have said something along the lines of "Step 6: Wrap it up. [Images ...] Step 7: Wrapping it up. [Images ...]"

    Step six referring to 'wrapping it up in paracord' and step seven meaning 'It's finished.' Haha!

    P.S. Where I write '[Images ...]', just refers to the included photos and text in your instructable.


    2 years ago

    Thanks for all the replies. This was my first instruct. Well second. We won't count the first as a first. Look forward to sharing more!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thank you much. Actually pretty happy how it came out.


    2 years ago

    It is a roofing hammer you are working on, not an axe or hatchet.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Roofing hatchet as I have learned. But thank you for your time in replying.


    2 years ago

    Looks like an Estwing roofing hatchet, the original handle was probably leather or rawhide disks. These are well made tools. The blade side would be used for trimming cedar shingles or shakes. Nice use of paracord. Good Job.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Awesome. Thank you for that info. Now that I think of it, under the tape were discs. Crumbly and old. And thank you. Figured paracord wrapped tight would be a good handle. It came out nice.