Build ax yourself so that safe use is possible

An ax is easy to build by yourself. Since tremendous forces are released during use, the shaft and head must be properly connected. In addition to the Einstielen the angle between the shaft and blade is important for the safety in use and the effective power transmission. A wooden handle must have the correct fiber direction.

Attaching the ax or hatchet

With an ax or a hatchet, powerful turns are made, for example, to cut wood into cracks or trees. The heavy metal head often moves over the operator's head. The centrifugal forces would lead to life-threatening fast, sharp and heavy projectiles at a detachment of the head from the stem.

A professional entry of the ax or hatchet is essential. While with smaller axles two spreader nails or screws are sufficient as with a hammer, an ax should always be secured with wedges. They are driven after inserting the upper end of the shaft into the opening of the ax head with a hammer.

Cow foot as a slipping brake

When ambushing an ax with an ax causes slipping, for example, by hand sweat or worn work gloves. Therefore, so-called Kuhfüße are common on shafts, which should also be created in self-construction. A stalk thickening or a curved knob on the lower shaft end fulfills this function. Alternatively, a reverse fitting a bicycle handle cover is possible, which should be glued.

main emphasis

In order to get the best possible effect on the material, the center of gravity of the ax must be as close as possible to or in the ax head. Too heavy shank and too light ax heads put the optimal balance out of action and lead to increased effort.

Angle between blade and shaft

The angle between the handle and the blade should be pretty much 45 degrees. For bent blades and / or shanks this angle must be removed in the respective center. Deviations upwards due to the width of the shaft or downwards to the kuhfußbiegung out should not exceed ten degrees deviation.

Tips & Tricks

Always choose as long a wood grain as possible when making a shaft. Diagonal fiber gradients up to 45 degrees are also possible with smaller axes and hatchets, cross grain under 45 degrees to the shank never.

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