making a handle
I’m not an expert in adzes but after what I have read, this is a carpenters adze du to the shape of the head.
It was a gift from a boat builder some years back.
This is how it got a handle.
In Danish it’s called a: skar økse.
I made some study on the web and found it should have a curve towards the cutting edge and that the distance from the end of the handle to the cutting edge and to the handle end should be the same.
The length I made just a wee longer then the distance from the floor to where the hand starts on the arm, perhaps a inch more would be better if you will work long hours with it, since this length take a light back bend, but this is good for me since I can then see what I do and gain control.
I have used it quite a few times, really love this tool, it is a back to basic tool, that I was amazed how accurate I could work with after only a little practice.
Do wear some heavy shoes, work shoes with metal noses are the best.
And no you are not macho doing it bare food.
Would have liked a wee more curve, but the wood I had took the decision for me.
So I sketched up the curve I could get as a maximum on this board.
Then cut the first side on the band saw again reading the grain and correcting the curves a wee bit as I read it.
Now making sure it was wide enough to accept and hold the adze head in place.
Transfer these measures to the wood.
Like this the band saw will have a track to follow.
Also correcting a wee down the handle.
Back to the saw.
Then it was just to start shaping.
(Look in last blog for more details).
Before and after.
Then linseed oil, plenty.
Here it is.
Hope again to be able to share some energy, to perhaps even inspire others to bring some old tools back to life,
Best of thoughts,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.