Seeing as Sean Rofe was staying here for a week and he needed a new handle for his hatchet we decided to get stuck into the workshop and make one from scratch for him.
First up we needed some good solid dry timber, there was some Kanuka (tea tree) up the back that I had felled about 4 years ago which was only rain wet so a length was cut off and dragged down to the quad, then the workshop.
One side was planed flat on the bench planer and then it was cut down to a 2" plank on the table saw:
Able to see where we were now, I traced an outline of the handle on my forest axe.............
...........and then handed it over to Sean to continue on with saws, chisels and spoke planes.
He needed a little help but soon got the hang of things and shaped it out real nice:
Meanwhile I made a wooden wedge and then got onto making a steel wedge out of a piece of an old file:
Once the head was fitted, the wedges were hammered in....................
...........and then sanded flat with a flap disc:
A quick polish and a decent sharpen:
And the results speak for themselves: