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Forum topic by knotsofast posted 09-30-2014 01:53 AM 776 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2014 01:53 AM

Is there anyone who has some good guidelines for making an adze handle for timber framing? I have the tools, and skills, and plenty of hickory, and finally have an adze head . I just don’t know anybody who has an adze I can reference off of, for that matter I don’t even know anyone who knows how to use one. I am looking for info on determining Handle length in relation to my reach, How to get proper head angle(hanging the head). Is there a certain balance point? That sort of stuff. I’m not interested in buying a handle from somewhere that is close to copy ,I don’t have much money . Thanks…....


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#1 posted 09-30-2014 02:19 AM

Long handle or short handle?

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 02:37 AM

Long handle, for work on large beams.

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 02:39 AM

I’ve got one I’ll take some measurements and take a photo ,back in a bit.

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 02:55 AM

The one I have has a handle 25 3/8”long and bows about 7/8”in the center.

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 06:21 AM

Mine’s a lipped adze but it looks a lot like Jim’s. You probably need a slick too. :-)

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 01:33 PM

Excellent!!!!! Thanks a1jim. The picture with the tape explains so much to me! Since the head/blade has a curve to it I had a feeling that adze head to hand position probably had a point where a straight line through the handle curves would give you the head angle. I did not realize it was it would be at an easy point to duplicate. I thought it would be somewhere on the blade. I can make one now that will at least get me close and refine from there once I get the feel of it. I have to crank out this picket fence for my wife first….

Thanks again!

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 02:11 PM

Your welcome Knotsofast
Looking at the grain it looks as if it’s handle is steam bent.

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