Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Plumb Double Bit Cruiser

The bright white cruiser handle as it came to me.
This post follows suit in some ways with my last two posts on the House Handle company and reshaping your handles. By now, after as many handles as I've ordered, HH is aware that I would rather get thick handles I can work on, and when I ordered this cruiser double bit, I got a chubby one for sure. It was also nice and straight with nice grain to boot, so it was ready to work on. I managed to score the little Plumb cruiser head on ebay for nothing when you consider how pricey some cruisers can get and it was already cleaned up for me. On my scales it came in at exactly 2-1/5 pounds and judging by the looks of it, it had hardly been used.

Here I had just begun thinning at the bottom.
Thinning a straight handle is pretty straight forward as you may be able to guess. As always I go to the shoulders first and thin them down to the width of the tool head, maybe even a touch less. I typically then dress up the swell and work in the flair. There wasn't much swell to this handle and I would have liked to have more to work with. Once that's done it's just a matter of stripping off wood until it's as thin as you like. I recently acquired a spoke shave to accompany my draw knife, which makes shaving off wood pretty easy and eliminates a lot of dust. I also got a half round wood rasp which is another good option, particularly for the curves of the swell.

axe refurbishing, rehanging an axe, hang an axe
Here is the finished product save for sharpening.

plumb cruiser, vintage axe
A good shot of the alignment.

cruiser axe size
For size comparison, a full sized 3-12lb with a 36 inch handle.

oak wedge, re-hang an axe, bushcraft
This axe hung really well with an oak wedge made from scratch.