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Removing an axe handle you want to save
« on: February 04, 2012, 11:17:52 AM »
Thought I'd share a video I did on how I remove an axe handle. Normally I just saw them off but I wanted to save this one.



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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2012, 11:52:50 AM »
Thanks for posting Creek. This will help us axe newbies!

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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2012, 12:23:56 PM »
man, you are just full of good videos, arent you creek?? well done sir!
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2012, 12:38:23 PM »
man, you are just full of good videos, arent you creek?? well done sir!
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 12:43:09 PM »
LOL!! i have to be honest here.. ive never been axe crazy. ive hung a few heads, and  they came out ok... but where i live, you really dont need one. a good chopper will serve much better in the swamps. keep posting videos, maybe i will jump on flea bay and order me a head :)
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 12:46:25 PM »
LOL!! i have to be honest here.. ive never been axe crazy. ive hung a few heads, and  they came out ok... but where i live, you really dont need one. a good chopper will serve much better in the swamps. keep posting videos, maybe i will jump on flea bay and order me a head :)
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2012, 01:45:22 PM »
COOL Vid UTC!!! :D 8) :D
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2012, 04:44:30 PM »
Great vid and I was cringing for a minute hoping that nice double bit wasn't going to fall off on your toes.  :o
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2012, 07:42:18 AM »
UTC,  I was wanting to ask you if you've tried this with a council axe?  I know they use the aluminum wedge and it seems like it would be a real pain.  Just curious if you've tried it or no anyone who has. 
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #9 on: February 24, 2012, 08:31:07 AM »
UTC,  I was wanting to ask you if you've tried this with a council axe?  I know they use the aluminum wedge and it seems like it would be a real pain.  Just curious if you've tried it or no anyone who has.

I've done it on a Council Hudson Bay axe.  I secured it in a vise and drilled out the wedge with a series of holes (slightly smaller in diameter than the width of the wedge) for the length of the wedge.  It started to come out in pieces, which I was able to remove with a needlenose pliers.  It really didn't take that long, maybe 15 minutes.  I did manage to slip up in 2 places and drill into the wood, but I think that can be patched if I want to rehang the head on the original handle.

From reading around though, it sounds like the wedge isn't all that secure and the head may come off just from using it awhile.  I'd try that if you're uncomfortable drilling out the wedge.
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2012, 08:39:39 AM »
Thanks Frugal, yeah that's what I've heard is the head can slip on those.  I'm going to get the Council Boy's axe in a little while and I'm wanting to replace the aluminum wedge with a wood and steel wedge just cause I know I can trust that. 
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2012, 10:51:13 PM »
Thanx for the post.  I was wondering how one goes about doing this.

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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #12 on: July 11, 2012, 10:55:17 PM »
I just used this technique with success. Thanks for the video.
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2012, 01:44:48 PM »
Thanks for posting this. I've been able to save a few handles lately though most of the ones I get are beyond repair.

Are there any indications if a handle is bad -besides cracks? For this one in particular, I'm worried about rot.

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Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2012, 03:20:15 PM »
Cooper, drilling the lanyard hole generally gives me a pretty good indication as to the condition of the wood. Nothing real scientific, if it drills like it's crap...it probably is.

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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2012, 03:25:28 PM »
Thanks for the vid! Not having a brass hammer, I've used a stout piece of wood (like another old axe handle). Does that count as "batonning an axe"?  :-\ ;D
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Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2012, 08:06:16 PM »
Nice post.  Slightly different than how I do it, but I like the process none the less.  I am not sure if there is a set way for it to be done, do good to see other styles for sure.  Well done. 
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Re: Removing an axe handle you want to save
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2012, 09:31:57 AM »
Hey Creek, Great video, well done. Here's what I use as a cheap punch set to remove handles and other things.

Grade #8 bolts and a few pieces of steel that I picked up somewhere.
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The grade #8 bolts are rather cheap at a hardware store and come in many sizes,
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