Broom restored - Because I can't.

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Blog entry by AnthonyReed posted 06-02-2013 10:21 PM 1798 reads 0 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My push broom was in bad shape:

I sanded it down using sequentially finer grits, beginning with 80 grit working though 320 grit. I then applied a 0:0:1 mix wet sanded with 400 grit. Which was then followed by two coats of 0:0:1 applied with 0000 steel wool:

Being the rookie i am, i was unable to even out the blotching that was present on the broom head:

The results were satisfactory to me:

It sweeps like a dream now:

This is the proper push broom stance:

I mean no offense to the fine craftsman of this site with my display of ineptitude.

As always, all comments, critiques, suggestions, threats and fits of pointing and laughing are welcome.

Thanks for having a look.

-- ~Tony

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#1 posted 06-02-2013 10:29 PM

It the best broom restoration I have ever seen! And the hat is pretty cool too.

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#2 posted 06-02-2013 10:45 PM

Thanks Tony, I really needed a good laugh and I’ll be chuckling about it all week. I broke my broom last year and haven’t yet replaced it. If only I’d known they could be restored to better than new condition.

Classic post. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 06-02-2013 11:04 PM

It is said that a new broom sweeps clean, but a restored broom is fifteen bucks cheaper good work tony!


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#4 posted 06-02-2013 11:26 PM

Fine looking broom, Tony! Makes me want to upgrade my plastic one to a proper wood tool. :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 06-02-2013 11:40 PM

I am sure you will sweep many women off their feet with that broom (and hat combo)

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#6 posted 06-02-2013 11:57 PM

Nice Tony, I’m just guessing, but I predict that that last picture is going to show up on some more forum threads around here.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#7 posted 06-03-2013 12:07 AM

Thanks for the support guys. I’m sorry i did not have something more substantial to offer.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 06-03-2013 12:23 AM

coolest broom ever!

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#9 posted 06-03-2013 12:45 AM

That is one handsome broom. Cant say the same about the pusher man. Seriously T, what was your thought process? ” .....and for my last pose I am going to wear the aqua blue Vike hat. The red one just doesn’t highlight my eye color.” :^)

Terry is right. Now I will look upon my green, plastic push broom with disdain.

Leave it to Tony to flame my smoldering feelings of inadequacy. Bastard.

-- I love Jeeps

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#10 posted 06-03-2013 12:53 AM

OMG You refinished a push broom! And I thought I was anal!

Nice hat though.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 01:07 AM

Now if you don’t leave it outside again it won’t get weathered again, and remember to never leave your good hand tools outside it just makes more work for you.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#12 posted 06-03-2013 01:18 AM

You call it blotchy, I call it character. And I like the way you wear your hat. A clean sweep on all accounts.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 06-03-2013 01:29 AM

Nice… ebay just went nuts for vintage brooms..

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#14 posted 06-03-2013 03:03 AM

Lol. Thanks for the chuckle. I needed that.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#15 posted 06-03-2013 05:14 AM

Great restoration.
I notice the safety committee did not seem to have any problem with your stance.
And, thanks for not asking us to “help identify this wood”......................

-- mike...............

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