Two of the chisels were 5/16 and
one had been rather abused. I wanted to re-home this duplicate
but it wasn't remotely useable so the time was ripe to re-handle
it and at the same time, document the process.
Now, there are a number of ways to
do this. I am going to show my way - a slight twist on the
You can add barbs to the tang, you
can glue it in with modern epoxies, and some suggest burning it
in. Feel free to use any of these methods but I want to show a
modified step drilling way.
Back in the day this would have
been the way just for speed. But I alter the last step to a
tight tapered mortise. I find it works better and is less likely
This was the damage. Probably a hammer used, then damp got in,
add a few worms feeding on the carnage and you end up with a
No messin'!!!! My "Damascus" hatchet - wham bam, thank you
The tangs on these chisels are rectangular section with sharp
edges - this is on purpose. The tip would have been a blunt
point - it has broken off.
An old leather washer. I'm going to reuse this - it's perfectly
You can use all sorts of wood for these chisels. The key
properties are that it should withstand being hit hard - it
shouldn't split when you do and back then readily available.
Ash is the wood of choice filling all those requirements but
beech is often found on smaller ones. Some of the old ones I
have are oak, possibly re-handled.