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Re: Proper Way To Install An Axe Handle.

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02-09-2018 13:24:20

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I use a carbide smoker for rifle and pistol sights. Use your acetylene torch. Tiny flame and pass it back and forth over the wood. Just a tiny bit. It will leave a soot coat. Fit the handle and where it rubs off is a high spot. Remove a little and repeat. You should end up with a very tight fitting handle.

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Dave H (MI)

02-09-2018 13:31:16

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 Re: Proper Way To Install An Axe Handle. in reply to jeffcat, 02-09-2018 13:24:20  
Gotta admit, if you do that right it would be a clever way to fit up a handle on an older axe head that maybe is not real regular.

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02-09-2018 13:48:11

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 Re: Proper Way To Install An Axe Handle. in reply to Dave H (MI), 02-09-2018 13:31:16  
Give it a try, it is pretty slick. If you do machinest work you should know what Prussian Blue is. On a surface where paint will not soak in. On metal it makes an incredibly thin coat of color. Any high spot just jumps out at you. Today you can use a good quality black magic marker. The Prussian works better though.

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02-09-2018 13:46:25

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 Re: Proper Way To Install An Axe Handle. in reply to Dave H (MI), 02-09-2018 13:31:16  
Carpenter's pencil, Sharpie marker, or even cheap lipstick, among many other substances, will do the same thing. In fact, you can usually tell where you need to take off material just by driving the handle on a little at a time, seeing where it's hitting by where the head marks the wood, rasping that area down and repeating the process. I've linked this video before, but it should be recommended viewing by anyone wanting to use an axe. The first 20 minutes deal with re-handling and the rest deal with sharpening and using an axe, but the same basic steps are used on most wooden-handled tools.

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02-10-2018 08:24:37

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 Re: Proper Way To Install An Axe Handle. in reply to TimV, 02-09-2018 13:46:25  
I like his videos and the ones that Wrangler Star makes aren't bad either. WS has gotten to the point where he gets a lot of stuff to test and evaluate for free.

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