Making a hammer handle ?? (general discussion)

by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Monday, March 11, 2019, 08:57 (9 days ago)

My Son in law is a lineman, he had a big, new hammer that he broke the handle out of. They have to be wood ( COOP's rules for electrical work ) It is a big hammer, about twice normal size. Almost like a small ax handle.

I was thinking about making a replacement for him out of Osage Orange (hedge). I also have hickory and ash on the farm.

My question, Is it better to use the exact center of a limb? Or use the surrounding grain.

I cut one blank out of a limb about 6" in diameter, but when I got it squared up I noticed a fine split going right down the center of both ends. That is what got me to wondering if maybe the edges of a log would be better, or stronger.

Thanks for any advice, Gene

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Making a hammer handle ??

by Bkeepr, Monday, March 11, 2019, 10:20 (9 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!

Making a hammer handle ??

by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Monday, March 11, 2019, 10:21 (9 days ago) @ Bkeepr

Seems logical to me, B.

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by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Monday, March 11, 2019, 13:37 (9 days ago) @ GeneMO

That make sense Tom. I was wanting to use Hedge, cause I thought the orange color would be neat, but thinking of splitting it, well I may switch to Hickory. I have lots of small Hickory trees. All of the "old Timer" guys are in the ground now. Lots of knowledge lost.

Gene

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Making a hammer handle ??

by Ron ⌂, Central Pennsylvania, Monday, March 11, 2019, 14:33 (9 days ago) @ GeneMO

Grandad made all his own implement handles and his mantra was always.

The strength lies nearest the bark.

I never knew what he meant until he and I sat down and made an ax handle. Even then it didn't hit home 'til I read this.

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by tacon1, Monday, March 11, 2019, 15:07 (9 days ago) @ Ron

The strength lies nearest the bark.


What Ron said.

Plus the wood closest to the base of the tree is the strongest.

Making a hammer handle ??

by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Monday, March 11, 2019, 15:20 (9 days ago) @ tacon1

I know when splitting firewood by hand, the butt cut was sometimes left in the woods as a "park bench" :0)

Gene

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