If your handle of your axe breaks off in the midst of your gardening, you may contemplate buying a new axe probably because you think it is a Herculean task to replace the handle. Fortunately, it is not!
The first step to replace the handle is to remove the axe head and place it in a vice such that it does not shake. Now you need to drill holes using 3/8 inch of ¼ inch drill bit in the core of the new handle. For the handle to fit perfectly into the head of the axe, you need to shape it appropriately using a wood rasp. Ensure that you do not remove excess wood as the handle would not then hold the axe head firmly.
Force this handle into the head of the axe leaving ½ inch from the area where the handle becomes wider. Now, remove the axe head again and cut a slot across on the new handle using a saw to hold the wedges. Using a wooden mallet, hammer the handle to the axe head. Avoid using metal hammer as it could end up damaging the handle.
Place a wooden wedge parallel to where you have created the slot and hammer it into the slot. Now, place a metal wedge at an angle of 90 degrees to the wooden wedge and hammer it to secure the wooden wedge. You may do the same with 2 additional metal wedges to ensure that the handle secures the axe head.
Now soak the head of the axe in linseed oil or water such that the part which attaches to the handle is also immersed. This would seal the new handle and also help in preserving the wood.
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