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06-07-2009 04:22 PM

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I have an old shovel that the handle has broken, and it was my grandfathers. The D handle and shovel are in great condition, I am just hoping someone could make me a replica of the hardwood handle, maybe out of hedge or some other hardwood. I cannot find a handle like it in the stores to buy. I am willing to pay to have you do this for me.. and can even send the original handle to you to replicate. it measures 15” to the start of the curve and the curve is 9” long. I have pictures of it also. Thanks for any help!


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#1 posted 06-07-2009 04:25 PM

Post the pictures please?

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 09:12 PM

Yep – gotta go with John – we need to see the pics to be able to know what we are getting into.
Later,
Doug in AZ.

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#3 posted 06-08-2009 12:00 AM

I’ll bet it’s a split hickory D handle?

You’ll have to be half Neander,half turner and half blacksmith to do this and men of the era were.
I know the “math” seems wrong but if you think about it it’s about right.

Bob

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#4 posted 06-08-2009 12:11 AM

I’m a little confused. You say the D handle is in great condition. How does it attach to the shaft part of the handle? Usually on those old D handles the shaft is split part way down at the top of the shaft and spread open to make the D shape. I haven’t seen one that is attached separately I question that a separately attached handle would be very strong. The woods that were used was hickory or ash and they were split while they were still “green” or wet so they could be bent to shape. I guess you could steam the wood and split it too.

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#5 posted 06-08-2009 02:59 AM

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#6 posted 06-08-2009 03:18 AM

Those pics are awful!

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#7 posted 06-08-2009 04:07 AM

Looks like a handle for a gain scoop like we used n my dad’s farm. It had a metal “D” handle on the top as I remember with a large dowel across where you hand held it.

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#8 posted 06-09-2009 04:56 PM

the shape reminds me of the legs i made for my grandsons highchair
i drew the shape on a 1/4” hardboard template then cut them on the bandsaw
i left them octagonal but it would be easy to bring them round with a drawknife
just go slow with the taper
i used 1/4 sawn oak but hickory or ash would probly be better choice for a handle, maybe a pine prototype for practice
i just posted it as a project cause i don’t know how to and the link here

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#9 posted 06-09-2009 07:52 PM

No pics of the rest of the handle?

Impossible to make from those pics…

Would need pics from the SIDE showing exact curve… with a yard stick laying next to it, aligned with the handle.
... as well as exact TOP views… and maybe END views… all with yard stick shown.

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#10 posted 06-20-2009 02:14 PM

from what little we can see , would it be possible to get a long shovel handle and cut it to length ,
and rabbet the d – handle top ,
the shovel end might be the same as a regular shovel ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 06-21-2009 07:28 AM

patron, if you look at the first picture, it looks like it needs to curve to go down into a grain scoop.

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#12 posted 06-21-2009 02:13 PM

i dont know anything about a grain scoop , never having seen one .
how about a cutting off a regular shovel handle and tapering and shouldering it ,
then steam bending it to the required curve ?
then fitting the handle to it ?

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 06-21-2009 02:20 PM

Caution!
This may be a scam.

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#14 posted 06-21-2009 04:47 PM

cntrygirl,

Why not just fill the broken crack & hole with epoxy and clamp it up good (clean it out the best way you can first) and stick it back on the shovel… and just not be too hard on it?

Looking at pic. #1

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#15 posted 06-21-2009 07:17 PM

I have attached better pictures, and I hope this helps. I am assuming that because the original wood iscurved and goes down into the shovel so far that a new one should be the same, but I guess I could just buy a new straight handle and just not have it go so far down.. I canmail the wood parts to someone that thinks they could replicate it out of a new strong wood handle, but I would need to know what it would cost me up front for someone to make one for me before I decided if it was worth it cost wise. My hsband is a 31 yr retired firefighter EMT and can just fix and work on just about anything, but woodworking is not one of them. Thanks for all the responses and for anyone that can help me out!
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