Over the summer, I finally decided to tackle the jungle/mosquito breeding ground behind my back fence that I inherited from the previous owners. About halfway through, one of the nice wood handles (oak I think) on my loppers snapped:
So being the good aspiring woodworker that I am, I glue them back together with basic yellow glue. A few weeks later I go back to finish up and the handle snaps again. This time though it snapped in a different place. Same handle, but the previous glue joint is intact. You can see it in this picture (looks like a dark grain line along the bottom)
Although I think it’s time for some metal handled loppers now, I do think it’s very interesting that the same break didn’t fail twice. But then again that’s what I’ve been hearing all along, that a good long grain glue joint is actually stronger than the wood itself. The scientist in me is happy to have some supporting data.
Or maybe the real problem is that I’m just too strong for any handle to handle… :o)
Also, please excuse the rusty tool, it sat in the grass for a week or so after I decided it would be retired