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Stan in Oly, WA
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a few tools such as shovels, hedge clippers, and others which also have wooden handles which are subject to a lot of stress in use. Several of these tools have broken handles which I have repaired by gluing, after which I don't trust them very much. I put a couple of hose clamps on the glued handle of a good pair of hedge trimmers as a temporary measure, but so much time has gone by that it's hard to pretend that that's temporary any more.

Does anyone have a good method for strengthening and finishing off this kind of repair? This falls into the category of puttering---none of these tools are the only one of its type that I have, although sometimes the broken handled tool is the best one, or an old favorite.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I put electrical tape on any handle in question, real tight!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

"sometimes the broken handled tool is the best one, or an old favorite" Yep, the don't break if you ain't using them! I don't think there is anyone around that owns many tools that doesn't have several with broken handles. A lot of people break a handle and just go buy new tool. As far as lasting repairs, it kinda depends on the tool and where it is broken. I too have used hose clamps as a temporary fix when a handle would just crack. One might try saturating it with epoxy, but if it is completely broken there is little hope for it.
I have no idea how many shovels, rakes, etc. that I have that need new handles, some I have purchased for almost nothing at auctions. A village near me has an old hardware that keeps a selection of handles. They are expensive, but why scrap a good tool just because it needs a handle?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 1:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Depends on the glue used. Some glues are stronger than the original wood.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Get a good exterior wood glue, glue it up and clamp. When it's dry, wrap tightly with electrical tape. Should last a long time.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:22 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have glued and immediately wrapped the handle real tight with Red Green's tape which does not stretch like elctrical tape.
I took the trouble to varnish over the duct tape on one sledge handle and it has stood up really well.
A friend of mine who is real handy with wood has custom made a few pitch fork and shovel handles using local hickory; they look nice and are very strong.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I replace handles with hickory if possible, if not Ash. You can get a round of hickory off'n the firewood pile, split out a handle blank, and shape it with a draw knife, in less time than you can go to the box store to buy a chinese who-knows-what kind of wood handle. Hammer handles I have often strengthened, by wrapping the thin part with copper wire, and soldering it right over the wood. Longer handles I still buy, when I see them reasonable.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a garden rake that is broken off at 3', I still reach down to use it.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Stan, What is Sacred About a Broken Handle of any Kind??.....Do whatever is needed to remove, and Buy a new handle and Install it. Hammer handles are a 15 to 30 minuet job on average.
I only use a #1 Irrigation shovel and I will not throw it away. Go price a #1 to a crappy POS #2 shovel! A new handle is still a few minuet R&R job!
Why do you keep a tool around when it is easy to fix, If you are breaking the handle then maybe Y'all are using the wrong tool for a given job or just abusing it it beyond regular stresses!
There is no reason to keep a crappy broken handle in a hammer shovel etc, etc, when it is easy to fix and you have your favorite tool back a 100 %!
Later,
John A.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

John A.,

Settle down. There's no point in getting yourself all worked up answering a different question than the one I asked. I can't justify spending half an hour repairing a tool I don't need. That's why I asked the question I did. If a tool has given me good service---and I know how not to abuse tools, but thanks for suggesting it---I hate to just throw it away if it breaks. So I'll spend a few minutes fixing it and it can be a last resort tool, or a loaner I don't expect to get back.

Did you notice, I didn't tell you how you should use your tools?

Stan
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Mighty Putty! Billy Mays was pushing it before he passed away. Glued 2 boards together with it attached to huge tow ropes and pulled a big ship to show its strength. Probably used a few pounds of it but it held. There's probably a video online.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Epoxy the break and then wrap with fiberglass cloth and saturate with more epoxy. Probably should sand off any finish that's on the handle so the epoxy will bond well.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use an exterior rated glue such as titebond III if it is a new break that hasn't been glued before. Then I sand it off and either coat it with enamel paint or a spar varnish. If it is a old break that has been glued before epoxy would be best however I wouldn't expect it to last long.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:58 am    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Bowman Handles Inc. Do a search, good stuff.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2013 4:59 am    Post subject: Re: Hand tools with broken wooden handles Reply to specific post Reply with quote

After breaking 3 brand new spade handles in about as many days (no, I was not abusing them), I gave up and made a steel handle. 1" pipe, telescoped onto 3/4" pipe, telescoped onto 1/2" pipe, all of it welded together, and then the 1" pipe welded onto the spade. Used the "D" handle from the broken wood handles. That spade has stood up to use and abuse for over 5 years now. I recently found 2 more spades with broken handles, so I now own 3 spades with all steel handles.

My long handle limb loppers recently got a pair of handles made from a TV antennae mast.
 
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