Never discard a mop handle!

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Blog entry by Don "Dances with Wood" Butler posted 1856 days ago 973 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never throw anything away.
I’m ashamed.
It’s even worse than my tool addiction.
I REALLY never throw anything away.

BUT – -

It can have a positive spin!

For years, I haven’t been able to throw away any wooden handle from old mops, broom, shovels, ice choppers and what have you.
It represents manufactured wooden articles that may become useful someday, and when that day comes, I’ll be vindicated!

So – - – the day has arrived.

I’m restoring an old rocking chair.
Correction: I’m resurrecting one. This thing was dead.

It had big dowels in the rockers, which rockers are now passed beyond. They just didn’t exist when I took the chair in. Bigger than any dowels I have in my supplies.

But one of those good old handles I had saved was the perfect size to replace the old, now rotten, useless dowels in the chair.


So there!

Not throwing things away can be a good thing – - – if you wait long enough.

Heh heh heh heh.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 1856 days ago

no photos … it didn’t happen … >grin< ... thanks for sharing your glee !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 1856 days ago

a clean sweep on the chair resurrection. Now how about those other 300 hundred handles you have? :-))

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1856 days ago

I’m with you, Don, save, save, save!!
When I went through my checkerboard kick, I sliced them like thick cold cuts, and had my pieces. When I need to move a really heavy piece of furniture, I use them as rollers. My small flagpole off my porch…You guessed it, an old broom handle!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 1855 days ago

I love it when a plan comes together!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#5 posted 1855 days ago

I’m with you Don! I have a 3 drawer dresser in my garage that has my tool box setting on it. All 3 drawers are full of STUFF! My wife used to complain I never toss anything. Now she has learned, when she wants me to make her something I usually have the parts pieces I need. Seems like I am constantly collecting and useing different parts.

Keep the collection growing!


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 1855 days ago

I’m also with you Don, and, I suspect quietly and secretly so are many of the LJs here.

Others may see junk at a garage sale, we see practical function, beauty and a component that could very well be the perfect answer for a future project. Everyone passed on those ugly, ornate wooden candlelabras, but cut it in the right places and you have sets of beautifully turned knobs. Hah!

Discarded wooden toys can yield a mother-lode of discs, dowels, pins, wedges, and a variety of ornaments. An order to your favorite boutique woodworker supply house… $36.50, plus shipping thank you. At the garage/tag sale they almost gave me a two-dollar bill for taking it off their hands.

We can laugh, have fun—and we do—with a seemingly twisted packrat mentality, but I make no excuses. The research, cutting, sanding, shaping and organized storage makes my inventory of wonderful gizmos and gadgets unique, highly individual …and all mine! It’s afforded the respect as any other tool in my shop. Yet another asset in our grand passion for working the wood.

Say no to a cobwebbed corner pile of junk. I’m with Scrappy above and his dresser full of stuff. Keep it organized. Give it respect.

So, when a rolling pin gets thrown at my head, I snatch it in midair …mmm, nice handles.

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#7 posted 1855 days ago

Same here in OZ.. I have things that I don’t know what they are but I am sure to need them If I ever chuck them out,

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 1855 days ago

I just used a broom handle to make a handle for a vice I restored… save save.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#9 posted 1850 days ago

Packrats unite!!!! YAH

well done
(there was a great discussion over at GardenTenders earlier this year)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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