For every axe user out there, storing axe is an important part of axe care. After getting done with splitting, you can’t just throw it away until next use. If you do so, it won’t last more than a few uses.
Long story short- you have to learn how to safely store an axe, and protect it from rust, moisture, and damages. Unless you’re a carpenter who can split without axe, each of these concerns are important!
In this extensive guide, we have solely focused on this topic and grabbed some really cool tips. Take a few minutes of break from whatever you are doing, and let’s proceed-
Things to do for Optimal Care While Storing The Axe
There are a number of works that need to be done in this regard. Have a look at them one by one-
Oil the Axe Head
Axe head is something that is directly exposed to air, and it doesn’t have a coat or so. So, while the axe is not in use, it’s important to oil it up for creating some protective layer.
A layer of oil or grease will protect direct contact between the axe head and the air. This will not let the moisture to get in touch with the metal, and prevent rust buildup anyways.
By the way, if you’re storing the axe for a long time, don’t use the same oil or grease for a long time. Because oil and grease get dried up soon.
Put on A Leather Made Sheath
Apart from the coat of oil or grease, there are some other ways to cover up the axe head. And putting a leather made sheath is the most commonly practiced one.
A virtue of leather made sheath is, it prevents any kinds of damage towards the axe head. Also, a naked blade of an axe might be cautious and dangerous for children, pets and even the user himself.
So, from every viewpoint, using a leather sheath is a must-try action to protect and maintain an axe.
Build An Axe Storage Rack for Your Axe
This is the third and the most important part of this list of axe maintenance tips. To make sure your axe is properly placed into somewhere safe, nothing is a better alternative of an axe rack.
Now the big question is- how on earth you will make your own axe rack?
Well, there are quite some DIY processed to do that. Here we go-
Find a suitable place in your garage or wood store to build up the rack. It won’t take that much space to the house itself, but it has to be somewhere which is isolated.
You can try doing it on a shelf onto your wall. But make sure that the wall has a notch which is wider than the handle.
Gather up some wooden blocks which are around half inches in thickness, and a little longer in height compared to the axe handle. Cut and smoothen them up into shapes.
Now, you have to joint the wooden pieced into the whole rack. Now, you can make the rack into one layer, or into two layers. If you make it as one layer, the placements of the axes won’t be that stable.
So, we would rather suggest to make it into two layers. It will securely hold the position of the axes.
Once you are done with making the whole rack up, ensure a strong joint in every corner of it. In case you store more than 3 axes in the same rack, having strong joints is a must.
So, you should be able to get done with the making process by now. Now it’s time to put the axes on the rack.
Before that, make sure you’ve provided enough amount of coat with oil or grease. Also, ensure that you’ve put the leather sheath onto the place.
Once done, align the axes in a row onto the rack. If it’s a wall mount rant, ensure that the handle and head had been put into the right notches.
Tips for Storing The Axe In A Safe Place
We assume that you’ve already made your plan to build an axe rack for storing the axe safely. But here are some crucial tips that will save some time, money and rescue you from some risks-
- Build the rack around some sort of furnace. And that will protect the axe from being caught up by the rust.
Why is so?
Well, the atmosphere around the furnace is usually hot. So the air is free of moisture, at least as possible. So the chance of the axe blade getting rusted is quite minimal in this way.
- Keep it in a place which is out of reach of kids and pets of your home. No matter how protective gears you put on the axe, it can be dangerous for those who don’t know how and why to use it.
Yeah, we are talking about the kids and the pets. Make sure it’s completely out of reach of them.
- Don’t store it in a place where it’s a dump and isolated area.
Remember, airflow is a must to ensure that there is no moisture buildup in any given area. And when it comes to axes, moisture is the biggest threat for them.
If you’re not storing in any open space, at least make sure that there are some windows near the place you are storing it up.
- There might be a number of parts in an axe. But while storing, your major focus should be on the head, the sharp edge of the head, and the handle.
To ensure top-notch safety and axe care, you have to concentrate on every detail of the process. Make sure you’ve used top quality grease, put on a good quality sheath, and make the axe rack quite strongly.
If you are not that much of a DIY person, you may consider buying ready-made axe racks from the market.