Plumb axe re-handling question

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Forum topic by JohnMcClure posted 02-26-2018 03:02 AM 256 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2018 03:02 AM

I am re-handling a Plumb carpenter’s axe. I have fitted my handle to the eye of the axe, but it seems the eye is tapered so that the hole is larger toward the top – IE, if the handle is snug at the base of the head, it has a gap all the way around at the top of the head. A wedge will help, but the gap is significant fore-and-aft too. Did they make it like this on purpose?
I know Plumb used red epoxy (they called it Permabond) to secure their handles; is the gap intentional, so that the epoxy forms a sort of outer wedge?
Anybody recommend a specific epoxy for the job? I have 5-minute epoxy on hand.

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#1 posted 02-26-2018 03:26 AM

You need to wedge it. Glue alone will not help

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#2 posted 02-26-2018 01:58 PM

If there’s a gap for and aft, it was probably intended to be wedged in both directions. The epoxy is for added insurance, but wedging is critical with a wood handle. I have no knowledge about the types of epoxy but I have read that even though epoxy isn’t the traditional way to do it, it is effective.

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#3 posted 02-26-2018 02:57 PM

I would personally use two wedges side by side in the top. I’m not sure I’d use the epoxy. It’s probably personal preference but if you’d every need to replace the handle it would b a beast to get all the pieces out and you’d likely hav to take a file to the inside of the head.

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#4 posted 02-26-2018 07:36 PM

Traditional method is a wood wedge parallel to the eye, and two small steel wedges across/transverse. Adding epoxy is an optional additional step.

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#5 posted 02-27-2018 02:20 PM

here a video (in German but it is self explanatory)

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#6 posted 02-27-2018 03:09 PM

I ALWAYS THOUGHT ….adding epoxy to end is just to seal it up … keep moisture out :<))


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