Making a hammer handle ?? (general discussion)

by Bkeepr, Monday, March 11, 2019, 10:20 (11 days ago) @ GeneMO

Gene,

I'm thinking it probably ought to be the edges rather than heartwood.

But I'm also thinking splitting a handle from a blank is probably better from a strength standpoint than sawing one. I think this because I have one antique hatchet with a "farm-made" handle. It is ancient, but very strong and I still use it--and it was clearly split from a branch and then trimmed to shape with a knife or spokeshave. I think it is stronger because when sawing, you invariably wind up cutting across grain, shortening many of the longer "threads" of the wood and weakening the structure.

just some thoughts, may not make any sense at all...

good luck!


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