Handles for scissors

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Project by sharad posted 02-08-2008 02:07 PM 2201 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am sending my first project after making you wait for quite some time. It took a little time to get adjusted to the camera which I am using for the first time. All the defects in using the camera may please be pardoned. This work shows how a broken handle of a scissors blade can be replaced by a wooden handle. The bigger scissors are quite expensive and to junk them just because the handle was broken was not accepted by me when by scissors accidentally broke. I accepted the challenge and succeeded in making one. When it was known in my friend circle a number of scissors, small and big were sent to me and they were repaired to their satisfaction. Their remark was that the repaired handle looks better than the original so why not replace both! This is how the work on handle started. No body else does this repair in the city. I don’t have sophisticated weapons in my arsenal, except a power drill. Not even a jig saw. Making a grove to push the handle was the most difficult part. The handle was fixed by an adhesive. The big hole in the handle for inserting the fingers was done by drilling several holes with the drill and then finishing it with different flat, round and needle files The finished handle was sand papered smooth. I sprayed clear lacquer on two to protect them. But the lacquer spoiled the whiteness of the handle which looks nice without the lacquer. Any suggestions to protect them without sacrificing the white color of the wood used in some handles is welcome. Darker wood handles can be sprayed with any color. Most of the handles were made from scrap left from other projects. Becoming a member of LJ has motivated me to do more difficult projects with additions to my tool kit which at present consists only of the conventional tools like plane, saws, chisels etc. I am really grateful to all of you for displaying your fantastic skills in your various projects. Soon I will send my next project. Constructive criticism will be accepted gladly. Wood is like gold to me and any piece except that used for firewood is useful for me.

-- “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 02-08-2008 02:08 PM

Interesting, I never would have thought of that. Pretty cool.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 03:04 PM

This is a very innovative project. I daresay most would probably have simply chosen to discard the scissors rather than fabricate a new handle. I applaud your efforts here. You restored the scissors to usefulness while keeping them out of the trash, used essentially scrap woods for the project and managed to create a useful and innovative project.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 04:06 PM

I too have a pair of Fiskars scissors that I dropped and busted a chunk out of one of the handles…I’ve been limping by using them as is…hmmmmmm….a new wood handle, I never thought of that either…you got me thinking now!

-- Rich, Madison WI

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 04:43 PM

Not something I would have ever thought of making. Excellent job!

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

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#5 posted 02-09-2008 04:38 AM

A great idea. What a way to put them back into good use.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 02-09-2008 08:22 AM

Wonderful project – sounds like you might have your work cut out for you!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 02-09-2008 11:45 AM

Nice work! Especially considering your tool limitations.

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#8 posted 02-22-2008 09:54 PM

interesting idea. making treasure out of “not treasure” Also a great way to hone your skills

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 02-22-2008 10:38 PM

Thank u all for all the encouraging comments.

-- “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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#10 posted 03-03-2008 03:27 PM

Very cool Sharad.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#11 posted 03-08-2008 01:50 AM

Considering the limited tools at your disposal I will agree that this is a challenge and one you have overcome. Very good job, don’t stop now Sharad; “there will be many more challenges, each day will bring a new one”, as paraphrased from Deepak Chopra in one of his books. Woodworking is a daily challenge and a triumph to all of us. I believe that is why we do it….


-- --Chuck

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#12 posted 03-30-2008 09:55 PM

Making handles for broken scissors, Sharad-YOU are definetly a Lumberjock, Great work & an insperation to us all! Keep it up!

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#13 posted 04-14-2008 04:03 AM

Sharad, Some Lumber jocks may have old / starter tools that they may want to get rid of. We would much rather give them to a fellow lumberjock, than throw them away or give to a stranger. If there is a tool you need, let us know, we may be able to help.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#14 posted 04-14-2008 09:00 AM

Thank u Bradford I have sent a personal message to 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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#15 posted 06-30-2008 12:30 PM


This is the great thing about woodworkers everywhere is that they have the same values. I think we all think that every piece of wood is a piece of gold and there is nothing which cannot be made better by adding some wood to it.

Well done in extending the life of the scissors. I like the way you think. We will all be forced to think less about throwing away and think more about using things until the true end of their useful lives.

Have you considered using a natural oil instead of lacquer? You must have access to tung oil where you are. It’s a natural finish and will leave a tough and resistant finish. It will color the wood but perhaps enhance the natural colors of the wood more rather than adding its own.

Keep the great ideas coming!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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