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Re: Loose hammer handles

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-95.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 2/9/4 22:20

In Response To: Re: Loose hammer handles (Mark)

Time will shrink any wood, compression from pounding is simply more than a handel can take especially when dry winter air is present. We use a humidifier to reduce the wood shrinkage in our shop. As for a hammer handel I will remove the wedge and the handel and glue veneer where the fit is worst. Put the handel back into the head and use a bigger wedge. As for the water method you can place the soaked wood into antifreeze and the glycol will replace the water and harden without letting the wood reshrink, thereby avoiding the need to soak repeatedly. This will also help reduce the rust factor.

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