Thanks for the replies. I decided to splurge and buy a new handle.
The new one came with a metal wedge with stair step ridges and it was
the entire length of the handle's slit. (no more wooden wedge)
After drilling/driving out the old handle, I painted epoxy on the
inside hole of the maul and the stub of the new handle. I set the
head and then buttered up the slit and wedge with more epoxy and drove
the wedge nearly flush with the handles stub. After the epoxy cured,
I trimmed the slight protrusion of the handle stub and wedge so it's
flush with the head.
Next I wrapped 17 guage steel wire around the handle from the head to
about 6-7" below the head and painted it in epoxy. Then I wrapped a
couple layers of friction tape over the epoxy embedded wire. (this
should help protect the handle if you miss the target!!)
Finally, I sprayed painted the maul's head and rubbed linseed oil into
I think it's good for another 20 years.
Post by davefr
My favorite splitting maul has a handle that's loostened up. There's
about 1/4" of play in the head and I'm concerned it may eventually
Will steel wedges snug it up enough or should I try and rewedge the
main wood wedge first? None of the wedges have come loose. I just
think the wood has gradually shrunk.
How about coating the head with epoxy or driving a pin thru the head
and handle as part of a rewedging fix?
I don't want to replace it because it's a great maul. Unlike the new
crap from China.