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Sycamore axe handle

Discussion in 'Hand Tools' started by norman vandyke, Jun 29, 2019.

  1. norman vandyke

    norman vandyke Russian olive burl guy Full Member Thread Starter

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    My first me carving an axe handle. I did alright. Most material was removed with a flap disk. Really wish I had a spoke shave. Finished up with a box plane for stock removal. Sanded down to 120, then Tru oil finish. 20190622_195332.jpg
     
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    Great job! I will be interested to know how Sycamore holds up under the stress an ax takes. Chuck
     
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    It usually does not... similar to the maples, if it is properly flame hardened, it could last longer. MLB will not release their method.
     
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    Interesting, I've not heard of sycamore being used for an axe handle. Hopefully you prove me wrong. (Don't hate me!) But I don't think it will hold up under the work load force of an axe that size.
    However, with that said, it does look good. Real good.
     
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    Thanks! What is MLB? Chuck
     
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    Every axe handle I ever saw made of wood was Pignut Hickory.
    I think fiberglass is the best thing these days.
    Sycamore is prone to dropping limbs for no reason & without any warning.
     
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    Up here, Bitternut not used as much as Shag & Shellbark for long handles. Not sure about short handles...

    I disagree with fiberglass handles, based on splinting fun, however fiberglass cored with the plastic over-layment, I have had good luck with those.
     
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    I made an axe handle out of a steel pipe. I've had it over 25 years and it has yet to bend. The middle one....
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    norman vandyke Russian olive burl guy Full Member Thread Starter

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    I know hickory is the usual choice but I had the Sycamore and it looked good and had straight grain. If it doesn't last, I'll switch it out for oak.
     
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