If you prefer not to read, the video is here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aegPxohhUqY
The handle for this beast was something that took a long time. I don’t have a lathe so carving the handle via axe, knife, and spokeshave was the only option I had.
The handle design was inspired from the handles I had seen on framing slicks. The overall length of this now with the handle is 34” I haven’t weighed it but I suspect it’s in the neighborhood of 4-5 pounds. Ash was my wood of choice.
I opted to leave the edge as an in cannal (spelling?) and not regrind the edge.
Carving the handle was a multi-day affair, with a lathe it would’ve been a matter of an afternoon, but you have to make due with what you have, woodworking is an adventure after all! There was a substantial pile of chips and shavings and all manner of bits all over the porch. Sometimes it felt like I was carving a bed post rather than a tool handle.
The finish for the handle was 2 coats of shellac at about a 2 pound cut. I buffed it out with 1200 grit sandpaper and finished with 0000 steel wool.
All in all it was a really fun project with a good outcome, this thing just plows through wood, it’ll throw some seriously big cuts when you need it to. I intend to use this to distress large pieces or add some textures to things like coffee tables and such. It’ll be fun to have it around as both a user and a conversation piece. Thanks for reading.
Apologies for the lighting, apartments are not the best photography studios apparently.