Okay, you DIYniacs, this is for you.

100_4653Neighbor L pointed out to me that there’s a guy at the local flea market who sells perfectly good handles for long tools at a price roughly 1/2 what I paid for epoxy and nylon string, but I got curious as to whether this would actually work. I’ve never tried it.

Back when I was all prosperous and suburbany and needed a hobby to stay sane, the one I chose was high-power rocketry which meant I bought 2-part epoxy by the jug. So in that respect this exercise felt kinda familiar – as does the fact that my keyboard keys are now sticky despite my having washed my hands twice before approaching the ‘pooter. This field-expedient repair won’t be seriously put to the test until Friday, which gives it plenty of time to cure. It was a nice wide crack in the wood grain, so I could coat both sides of a piece of cardboard with epoxy and drag it into the crack really deep. Then I reversed the fork and sat on it to close the crack while I wrapped it tight, so it should be bound pretty well.

We shall see.

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8 Responses to Okay, you DIYniacs, this is for you.

  1. Scott says:

    I built rockets back in the ’80 and ’90s and ran through a lot of expoxy, though I never got into the high power type (like the kind the Tripoli Rocket Society have)-couldn’t afford it. I’ve epoxied guide rings back onto fishing rods using kevlar shock cord and Two Ton and it held up just fine. Never tried it on anything larger, though.

  2. Michael says:

    Use vinegar to clean wet epoxy off fingers and key board. When choosing tools select wood handles for straight grain with no run-out. Reject all that are not 100% straight grained.

  3. czechsix says:

    Yep, whipping works fine. Done it plenty of times, and if done right it’ll be stronger than before. There’s a reason old grenade launcher enfields had the stocks done that way.

  4. Matt says:

    I have repaired yard tools and rifle stocks with that method. It should work well.

  5. Robert says:

    Let me reveal my ignorance: Does the whipping has epoxy glommed all over the outside of it or just ‘twixt handle and string? Is there a curved hunk of anything glued to the handle under the string acting as a reinforcing sleeve?

  6. Joel says:

    The whipping is truly impregnated with epoxy, above and below. And epoxy was forced into the crack itself. But I installed no sleeve. I’m testing something quite a number of people told me, which I don’t actually know to be true, that the epoxy and string will comprise a strong repair. Personally, I expect to just replace the shaft.

  7. Kentucky says:

    Another vote for using only straight-grain handles.

    I’m surprised that handle lasted as long as it did. Don’t be surprised if it breaks again. The part you epoxied is now the strongest part of the handle.

    Just my experience in the matter.


  8. jed says:

    Yet another guy who’s used that method — in my case, on the handle of a rubber mallet. I suppose I should find something to whack good and hard, to see how well it holds up. I suspect Kentucky has the right of it.

To the stake with the heretic!