USE/CARE OF HANDTOOLS & MEASURING TOOLS - OD1621 - LESSON 2/TASK 1
(2) Replacement (figure 4 on the previous page).
If a handle is
split or broken, remove it from the head of the tool. If the handle is too
tight to pull out of the head, saw off the handle close to the head and
drive the remaining end out through the large end of the eye.
Shape a new handle from hickory or maple to fit, using a spoke
shave or wood rasp. If using a wooden wedge, make a saw cut in the end of
the handle, as shown in figure 5. Wedges may be metal or straight-grained
hardwood, but never nails or screws. Seat the new handle and check to see
whether the handle fits properly. If it does, saw off the projecting end
and drive the wedge(s) into the handle (figure 6 on the following page). If
the handle is tightened with metal wedges, smooth then off by grinding. If
the handle is secured with wooden wedges, use a wood rasp to smooth them
HAMMER HANDLE WEDGES.