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Replacing Wood Handles for Striking Tools I

2016-11-07

If you have striking tools that have wood handles, then these handles may break easily. So, how to treat these broken striking tools? Just throw them away? Well, that’s really costly. As a matter of fact, replacing a broken handle of a striking tool really is not a difficult task. In this article, we will show you how to replace the wood handles of striking tools, so you can get those handle broken striking tools back into work, which will save you a lot in the long run.

In general, the first step is to examine the handle eye to determine its shape. There are basically two shapes, but a lot of sizes. Oval eyes are most common, but most variable in size. Axe eyes are found on axes and on some splitting mauls, but seldom on elsewhere. If you’re at all unsure about the eye type or size, remove the handle and use the head of the tool to check against the new handle size and shape.

Then, measure the handle length. Most carpenter’s and mechanic’s hammers have 20-ounce head weight or less, and use a 15-inch long handle. But when the head weight hits 22 or 24 ounces, the handle length grows.

You may find it more difficult to find a handle the correct size and shape than it is to remove the old handle bits and install the new one. Stores simply don’t carry the selection of sizes that we could once find, partly because wood-handled tools are not in high demand any more. However, some hardware stores have them, most farm supply stores have them, and maybe a few other places. If you have American-made striking tools and want to keep them in good working order, you’ll find the search well worthwhile.

Once you found the correct size and shape, now it’s time to fit the wood handle to the striking tool. Start first by removing the old handle. Saw off the handle as close to the bottom of the eye as you can. Because it is close to the metal eye, use a hacksaw or a jab saw with a disposable blade.

Drill out the waste inside the tool eye. Almost any drill can do this job if it has the power to bore through hardwood that may be 2 inches thick with metal inserts. The tool head must be held firmly, especially smaller hammer heads that love to spin around the bit when loose.

Use the drill bit to cut three holes, forming a cloverleaf shape. Next, remove the webs between the “leaves” of the clover shape. Use a flea market chisel to knock those out. Then, use a piece of dowel, placed on top of the handle in the head, to drive out the remains.