When hanging axe or hatchet heads attention to the quality of the wedge should be taken in to consideration.
I do use some stock wedges, but i find that if i do buy a handle that has a wedge with it, it may not be suitable for the eye that it is to be inserted into.
in that case, just make it.
today i hung 4 hatchets and 1 double bit and found myself needing to make 4 wedges.
i rough cut a 1"x4" board and then cut that in half.
|axe restoration cutting wedges|
after sawing in half i make quick work of the shaping on a bench sander.
with the shape cut, sanded and sized i rough the surface (with a flat rifler) to increase the surface area and opens up the wood to better absorb the wood glue that will help it swell before curing. this will tighten the fit.
|axe restoration hand cut wedge shaped and then roughed.|