Faux Fawn's Foot

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  1. CampCowan

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    So here's the scoop; I have a very nice Artisan double weighing in at 3.25 lbs, I want to set it on a 28 inch handle but it is a full size eye. My local hardware store has pretty decent 36 inch handles but can't order anything shorter with a full size eye. Solution, cut down a 36 to 28. Simple enough except I'm losing the oh so important bulge.

    My first thought is jute and epoxy. Would allow me to build it up (I think) exactly to my preference and probably look cool to boot. Anyone else solving this particular problem another way?
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    What about thin wood laminate and epoxy? Once that cures you can make it look close to what the full length handle was,clamp it with some hose clamps while it cures.
    I'm thinking about jute and epoxy for the handle on a Estwing type childs hatchet.
     
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    I patched the foot of a single bit yard sale find and it came out pretty nice.
    Cut a couple inches at the bottom sides flat, then glue and pin the material needed to form a new swell. It'll take some work shaping it down, but it'll be worth it.
    Drill the pin holes at intersecting angles to add some extra strength to the joints.
     
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    Hardware store handles are so thick that with a straight handle you could easily reshape one to have a nice swell anywhere along the length and then simply cut it down. In the end you'll have a nice proper thin handle that won't beat you up in the length you desire.
     
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    This was my first thought. While there is some material to remove I have been having rare luck with my local store and getting some pretty good handles to start with. The second issue is that I also have quite large hands so I am going to thin it but only a small amount.

    I guess that is the plan of action, cut er down, thin as much as possible while leaving the new swell as big as possible and see where I'm at once that is done. I appreciate the ideas and help folks
     
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    Can always make a handle from scratch maybe?
     
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    I would love to do that. I really think a handmade handle would be the absolute bees knees. I did just acquire an old but very functional craftsman band saw. I could definitely rough it out with that. Might have to look into some hickory blanks.

    Hadn't even thought of that. I could pull it off.

    Just did a quick search with mixed results, do you just get a 1/6 at Home Depot and have at it? That seems to be the simplest way to start.
     
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    You won't find hickory lumber at your local store. 1x6 are nominal dimensions anyway, so planed lumber of that description will be 3/4" x 5-1/2".

    Take a look at pick handles. There should be plenty of wood to work down.
     
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    That is a great idea. Might head to the hardware store this morning.
     
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