Fibreglass axe handles have come to partially replace wood handles for one simple reason: they are much more durable. A well-used wood axe's handle might splinter after only a few years of use, while a fibreglass handle can be counted upon to give useful service for decades. This makes installing a fibreglass handle a logical choice for repairing or improving an existing axe, and the installation procedure is easier than installing a wood handle.
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Things you need
- Handle installation kit
Wipe grime out of the eye hole of the axe head with an old rag, if any, and then sand the hole. If there is rust in the eye hole, sand that off. Otherwise, sand the interior of the eye hole to roughen the surface.
Wrap the caulking cord from the axe handle kit around the area where the bottom of the axe head meets the axe handle. Press the cord up against the axe head to form a tight seal.
Mix the contents of the epoxy kit and pour it into the eye hole of the axe head from the top, into the space between the handle and the axe head.
Set the axe in a stable place where top of the axe head is pointing up and the epoxy won't leak out. Leave it to cure for at least one week.
Tips and warnings
- The epoxy cures best in temperatures between 23.9 and 46.1 degrees Celsius, so try to time your installation for a time when the weather is cooperative. Otherwise, cure your axe hammer inside your house or apartment instead of in the garage or tool shed.
- If you need to remove the axe head from a broken wood handle before installing the new fibreglass handle, drill holes into the wood handle where it is exposed at the top of the axe head, through the eye hole. Wood handles are held in place by metal wedges driven into the top of the handle, widening the wood and causing it to grip the metal. If you drill out some of this wood, the grip relaxes.
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