LumberJocks

Replacing old shovel handle...

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Chipper posted 2073 days ago 1732 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Chipper's profile

Chipper

22 posts in 2395 days


2073 days ago

I was doing some fence repair work and broke the handle on a borrowed shovel. Since I believe that you should always return a borrowed tool in the same or better shape than you started out with, and this shovel has sentimental value for the owner, I am replacing the shovel handle instead of just buying them a new shovel.

Much to my surprise, the original handle actually has a significant bend at the end of the part that goes into the shovel. ( I had a heck of a time getting the old part out). The replacement handle I came up with is long enough, but straight. I want to attempt to put the new handle in after heating it up (bending it). My question: can I just heat the end of it in bucket of boiling water (easy) or do I need to set up a steam box (pain :) )?

-- Steve (Plano, TX)


2 replies so far

View tenontim's profile

tenontim

2131 posts in 2250 days


#1 posted 2073 days ago

Steve, you can heat it by boiling it. You should boil it for about 2 hours (assuming handle is about 1.75” thick).
Have yourself something to stick the boiled end into an over bend it a little. You’ll want to be able to keep it with this bend in it for a couple of days, until it dries out. You’ll get a little spring back when you remove it from your form.

-- Tim

View Zuki's profile

Zuki

1402 posts in 2582 days


#2 posted 2073 days ago

Whoops . . . don’t ya hate when that happens. When the handle cracked on my favorite shovel I could not find a replacement. I had to get another shove. I can’t help you with the bending though . . . sorry.

-- BLOG - http://www.colorfulcanary.com/search/label/Zuki

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase