We all know the scenario: over the course of a summer, the axe, hatchet, and maul handles we use in the fall become loose due to the drying of the wood in the handles. They shrink as the moisture is forced out of the wood from summer heat, and the heads of our woods cutlery are loose on the handles.
By soaking those axes, mauls, and hatchets, the head end of the tool and handle, in a bucket of automotive anti-freeze, the wood will swell, as when soaked in water, but the handle will permanantly swell, never to shrink down and become loose again! Please be sure when soaking your tools, to put the bucket in a place where household pets and livestock cannot access the bucket. Anti-freeze is very toxic to animals, and the sweet taste of the liquid draws them to it. Even a thimble-full of automotive anti-freeze is lethal to dogs and cats! This fix works superbly for your wooden-handled tools and is of a permanant nature, never to be repeated!
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