Friday, 25 February 2022

Triggers Trowel...

The other day the handle on my long trowel broke. 

Now I have to admit that this had probably been left outside too often, but it had done about 8 years of service as my main trowel! 

I was gutted, but I decided it was far too good of a trowel to throw away, so time to quickly make a new handle. 
I found a piece of beech that was the right length, so ripped it down and got it on the lathe. 


Then it was simply a case of turning down the end to take the ferrule and shape the handle. 

I then mounted a chuck with a 8.5mm drill bit and bored it out enough to fit the trowel end it into. 


Once I was happy with the shape and had it sanded down I burnt a simple design on the handle end and gave it a coat of linseed oil. 

Hopefully it'll last me another 10 years now! 

Who else likes to rehandle tools to keep them going?

15 comments:

  1. The best I have done is reuse a spade handle, when my mum gave up her garden, she gave me all her tools, I have her trowel in my shed, I never use it, but I love seeing it there, anyway, the spade handle snapped it was a D shaped one, we did get a new handle, but the top bit I have placed in my garden as a resting point for birds, I often see a robin sat on it and think 'hello mum'

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    1. I think that's lovely. I have such a friendly robin when I'm digging, always so nice to see in the garden.

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    1. It's a service I'd love to offer, but to make my hourely wages and adding postage two ways into it it would probably be cheaper to buy a new tool. If you lived local to me I'm sure I'd help replace a handle if I could.

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  3. Lovely job, Kev. Dan rehandles our tools, but they're a tad more rustic than yours. :)

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    1. Rustic is good. I have a few carving chisels where the handles are actual bits of branch with the bark still on. I guess who ever did it had a busy day in the workshop!

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  4. Looks great, Kev! I love how it is something you just "whipped together".

    I will reuse/rehandle things until they simple are unusable, but not nearly as elegantly.

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    1. IT doesn't take long when you have a workshop set up like mine. I've been writing some articles for Woodturning magazine so the lathe area is on point at the moment! I have two spades to rehandle but it's so hard to get the old bit of snapped handle out!

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  5. Absolutely but they never look as good as yours.

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  6. This is WONDERFUL!!! It warms my heart seeing items repaired whenever possible. I hate that our society has become so throw-away that repairs delight me so much, but this has given me a smile. Well done! :)

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