Garden Tool Handle for Christmas (a little late)

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Project by CFrye posted 03-20-2022 02:11 AM 608 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

EDIT: photo added of my sister holding her new garden tool.
My sister wanted a specific gardening tool for Christmas so I got it and I hated the handle. It looked like it was turned then run through the table saw to create a slot for the tool’s tang to sit in. It was also very bland and fat (my sister has little hands). I carefully cut off half of the wood holding the tang, being sure to leave the side for the pin intact (in hindsight I don’t think I needed that but, hey, I was winging it).
First I turned a one piece handle and drilled holes in the end for the tang. Then I realized I had no good way to make the multiple holes into a slot. On line search took me to SawMill Creek where a feller shared how he used lamination to create tanged tool handles. Cut out the outline of the tang from the middle piece then glue and turn. I didn’t prep the separate pieces very well and ended up with some gaps. The kind jocks on the 2022 Bowling League(TurningSwap) helped me work through that (epoxy and saw dust). Thanks y’all!
I used curly maple and ebony. The finished handle is 1” at largest diameter and tapers down in the middle. It is 7 3/4” long. Clear epoxy was used to secure the tool, ferrule and pin in place. 3 coats of BLO and buffed on the wheel. The curl in the maple didn’t show as well as I would have liked but it’s done and delivered (not quite 3 months late). Sister likes it and says the size is just right! She promised to send a picture of her holding it after she gets her nails done(I’m kidding, she already had them done). I’ll add that when she sends it.
If you’ve made it this far I commend you. Thank you for looking. Comments always welcome.

PS. Brother-in-law says it’s a good back scratcher!
Here is the revamped first attempt (see image 5):

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 03-20-2022 02:28 AM

Very nice, BLO finish is great for these types of tools! A rub with some Lacquer will extend the life.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 03-20-2022 02:41 AM

Awesome job!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-20-2022 02:58 AM

as a gardner ill give that tool a big green thumbs up candy.and i agree with your BIL,probably a good scratcher too. just go easy-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 03-20-2022 03:10 AM

This is a wonderful upgrade, and just in time for spring gardening. Love the combination of maple and ebony. Great gift!

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#5 posted 03-20-2022 03:50 AM

Nice work on the handle. I don’t blame you changing the original handle, most don’t seem to last. I do that a lot myself. I’m sure she loves it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 03-20-2022 04:00 AM

Great looking handle, Candy. Nice to see you posting again!!!!!!!!!..................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 03-20-2022 05:56 AM

Great job, and it’s never too late for something this nice. Great job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 03-20-2022 11:57 AM

Well done, and it looks like a good fit in the hand. And you gave me an idea for a project I’m working on, with a slot.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#9 posted 03-20-2022 12:05 PM

Looks like you have got a good handle on things there Candy
Is that Pottzy under No 3 prong?
Tee Hee

Keep up the good work! ... I know somebody who I think would be very proud of you!

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 03-20-2022 01:55 PM

a super nice rehandle project and i bet it does make a very nice back scratcher GREAT JOB :<)))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#11 posted 03-20-2022 02:01 PM

Nice work.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#12 posted 03-20-2022 02:30 PM

Better late than never, good one!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 03-20-2022 02:49 PM

I really appreciate the people who will go through these efforts to improve every day “utility” items. Those that get hand on use are the tools that really make the efforts worthwhile.

Looks like one wicked back scratcher as well 8^)

Well built mod Candy!

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#14 posted 03-20-2022 02:57 PM

Nice job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#15 posted 03-20-2022 07:52 PM

Well done Candy.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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