Timely task as this job needed doing. It was a seriously blunt axe head thats around 60 years old. So after a good resharpen I fitted the head to a new handle. After I checked the head is tight by chopping some wood, I will soak the axe and handle to expand the wood. Allow it to dry but not bone dry and oil it thoroughly. Dry wood shatters. Not good for axe handles! Just my thoughts.