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Fitting Sythe Handle

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How, traditionally, are handles fitted to sythes like this? These handles are rotten with woodworm. Plan is to remake them in local timber. Is it called a "tang" the section that fits into the handle? Something in the back of my mind is saying the tangs were heated up and pushed into the wood...

 

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Yes its a Tang, hole drilled in the handle under size, tang heated and then pushed into the timber to burn a perfectly sized and shaped hole.

Sometimes a small amount of tree resin or hoof glue was used to fix handles in place after burning.

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Once that was done (see above) , my dad always used to put the handle and the bottom bit of the scythe in a bucket of water and leave it for a good while. Swole up a treat.

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19 minutes ago, ToughButterCup said:

Once that was done (see above) , my dad always used to put the handle and the bottom bit of the scythe in a bucket of water and leave it for a good while. Swole up a treat.

 

Sounds swell...

Another one, are these in fact sickles rather than sythes?

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4 minutes ago, Onoff said:

 

Sounds swell...

Another one, are these in fact sickles rather than sythes?

 

I thought sythes were the large ones with a double handles (one half way down a long handle)

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Are you building up to a Poldark moment @Onoff?

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Mr Punter said:

Are you building up to a Poldark moment @Onoff?

 

 

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SWMBO lives in hope!

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Scythe?

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