Hand-splitting your own firewood is always a workout, but it doesn't have to be torture. One way to make the job much faster and easier is to make sure that your maul has a true edge on it. A dinged or warped maul is hard to get set into the wood and forces you to hit the log harder and more often to make through. You might not notice the difference at first, but by the time you've made it through a face cord you will definitely feel it! Fortunately, you can reshape the edge of your splitting maul with just a few common shop tools.
Things You'll Need
- Splitting maul
- Grinding wheel, disc grinder or flat fine-cut hand file
- Wet or dry hand-stone
- Safety glasses
- Protective work gloves
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Shaping the Maul Edge
Inspect the maul edge for damage or distortion. The maul edge should be straight and parallel with the handle. If you see any dings, dents or distortions, its time to get out the tools.
Use the grinding wheel, disc or file, grind the cutting edge of the maul so it is parallel to the maul handle.
Run the grinding disc or file along the forward sides of the maul, being careful to follow the angle of each side. Use a firm but even pressure. The sides of the maul should be straight all the way to the cutting edge; don't bevel it inward as you would when you sharpen an axe.
Inspect the maul head to make sure the front edge is parallel to the handle and the wedge sides are now straight.
Use the hand-stone to remove any burrs or rough edges left by the shaping process.