Spoon and Scissors Handles

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Project by sharad posted 01-07-2009 08:30 PM 1829 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Original plastic handles of two spoons were broken. The spoons were of good quality so I made two wooden handles from a scrap of wood, white in color. In the mean time my chemist came with a broken handle of Fiskars scissors. I had a piece left from the same wood as the spoon and I made one handle for his scissors. Both of us were happy. The handles were made entirely from hand tools shown in the third picture. Making the curves and the holes was quite a task with hand tools but the results were satisfying. I am not sure about the name of the wood which I am trying to find, but it is on the softer side. After sandpapering the finish was very smooth and attractive with the white colour. Is there any way of applying a protective finish to these handles, maintaining the white colour of the wood ?

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 01-07-2009 09:06 PM

I think you can repair anything!

I suppose any clear coating will help slow down darkening of the wood, but over time it is still going to get darker.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-07-2009 10:15 PM

I believe that the waterborne polys are the clearest and of course lacquers and I’ve seen some very clear shellac as well . You did a great job on all three items and with very limited tool resources : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 01-08-2009 01:56 AM

Fine Work! In this world of disposable everything, it’s nice to someone repair something that still has life in it instead of just tossing it out.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#4 posted 01-08-2009 10:25 AM

Nicely done. I’m impressed with what you can do with those hand tools. Always nice to see things getting a second life rather than going to the garbage bin.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#5 posted 01-09-2009 07:04 PM

I’m afraid that Charlie’s right. All woods will darken over time. If nothing else, there will be a slow oxidation that will take place even through a finish. Handling will of course accelerate this. I wouldn’t be too concerned. To me there is nothing like the character that develops in a piece of wood though years of use. It’s a look that can’t be duplicated.

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#6 posted 01-10-2009 09:24 AM

Thank you all for your comments. These days projects are appearing so fast that many are overlooked by LJs discouraging the project maker. I therefore appreciate all of you for taking cognizance of my project. This will motivate me to enhance the quality of my work in future. God bless you.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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