Ash sledgehammer handle

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-19-2017 11:44 PM 675 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend broke the handle on his sledgehammer recently. He’d seen the nice oak handles I’d made for the froes, and wondered if I could re-handle his hammer. I had a scrap of ash laying around, so today I made him a new handle.

Used a Japanese pull-saw to rip the scrap to size, then a (Kunz adjustable mouth) spokeshave to shape the handle and smooth it. No sanding needed, I just had to wind the mouth of the spokeshave almost closed and be careful about working the grain in the right direction. Two coats of BLO, a day or two of drying, and a quick coat of wax and it’ll be ready to go.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 04-12-2017 09:06 PM

Nice handle, Dave. Great wood for it, too!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 04-12-2017 11:59 PM

Thanks, Jim. I’ve been lucky to find some great pieces of ash in the bargain bin at the lumber yard. Got a cane, this handle, and pieces for another cane or a couple handles all for under a $20.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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