Fig 102 Ripping Out A Wedge

4. When but one saw kerf is made in the handle, the slot draws so tight, when the handle is driven in place, that a wedge cannot be started and driven in. To avoid this, a wedge-shape slot is made. This is accomplished by placing the end of the handle in the vise, as shown in Figure 100, thus drawing the first saw cut shut, and making another in the same place, about two thirds as far down on the handle as the first. This makes a slot as wide as two saw kerfs, for part of the way down, and provides an opening for the wedge to get started and be driven in place.

5. Drive the handle into the ax with a mallet, as shown in Figure 101.

6. Make a wedge out of a soft-pine board, which is % in-thick, as wide as the long diameter of the eye of the ax, and 6 in. long. Draw lines diagonally across the edges of the board, and rip out two wedges, as shown in Figure 102. The ripping should be done so that the wedge will be about 1/16 in. thick at the pointed end, which is about the width of the saw kerf at the bottom.

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