Spring is almost here, this means that all tools which had a nice winter sleep will be used again excessively! Some of them in good state, but I bet you have some old rusted tools laying around somewhere. That for sure, was the case for us. Recently I came across This article posted by Natural Homes about Tool Restoration. It inspired me to give it a try.
That evening we threw all our rusted tools in a little tub, filled it up with White Vinegar until all tools were covered and enjoyed a lovely night full of dreams. The next morning it was time to put it to the test! I took out the first tool and started brushing it with a piece of steel wool. WOW that goes extremely well! The rust came off like a potato peeler on a potato skin!
So most of the Axe heads didn’t have a handle. One of them though still had the handle but it was broken where the Head used to be. I cut of the chipped parts as much as possible and drew the shape of the eye on the end grain, then I drew a line where the bottom of the Axe Head was supposed to end while allowing the handle to extend through about 1cm. With a chisel I slowly took away excess wood until it fitted just right but very tight.
With a handsaw I made a cut in the end grain of the handle, until about 1.5cm above the Bottom of the Axe head. From a little piece of Oak I made a wig that was just a bit longer that the cut I made in the handle, but with the same width. Placing the Axe head on a log and hitting the handle downwards With a wooden mallet I hit the Handle inside the Axe head, when it couldn’t go further I flipped the Axe and hit the handle on the log a couple of times for the Head to go down just that last little centimeter. Then I applied a little bit of wood glue to the wig and hit it in as much as possible, afterwards I cut of whatever was still extending.
And there you have your brand new Axe, as if it was just bought! Because this was the first time re-handling an Axe, I wasn’t too sure it would actually stay on there. So I gave it a test run right away! Amazingly, the head stayed on there for the duration of splitting the logs. And man! What a lovely Axe, it goes through the logs like a knife through butter, The handle holds great. Its maybe a bit short but alright. I can keep on splitting logs all day with this Axe!
After removing the rust and using the Axe, I noticed that after a few days the rust would come back, not to much but a slight brown layer returned. To protect the Axe head from getting rusty again you can make a mixture of Linseed an Beewax to apply to the Axe head. Just heat up a ratio of about 1 beewax to 7 linseed in a little jar and stir until its equally mixed. then rub on the the Axe head with a piece of cloth. ever since I applied the substance, the Axe head is not only blinding me in the sunlight. itțs not getting rusty anymore!