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

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

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

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

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

alright be safe and have fun

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    Wolfie-60

    1 year ago

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

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    meddler

    3 years ago

    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.

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    Frodo1965

    3 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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