Files, chisels, screwdrivers and knives with wooden handles often become useless because of splitting the wood from swelling or bumps. Much stronger handle of HDPE, which can be made with your own hands.
What you’ll need:
- plastic containers and other products marked HDPE;
- tin can form;
The process of making the handle
For casting the plastic handles need to prepare raw materials. For this fit plastic canisters or other items marked HDPE. The plastic is cut into pieces with scissors. If you want to make plain handle, then you want to use canisters of the same color.
Next, tin is selected form under the handle. For this purpose, tin or aluminum cans and bottles. You can apply a spray deodorant. It is desirable that the shape was more desired size. This will give the opportunity to whittle away the excess plastic and align the arm, if the tool it hardens with bias.
Further plastic is added to the form, and that is placed in the oven with the temperature set at 320 degrees Celsius. It is necessary to check periodically so as not to miss the moment when the plastic will start to leak. It’s important not to overdo to prevent it from burning.
Immediately the form is removed, and pieces of plastic in her with the force of a pile a wooden handle or a metal timber.
After ramming the volume decrease, so the top posypaetsya new plastic and the form is returned to the oven. The process of reheating and tamping is repeated until then, until the form is completely filled with a dense mass.
In the full form of the inserted tool shank. It is desirable for it to make notches for a better grip. After cooling, the mass shrinks and well compacted.
Next you need to break or cut the shape and get blank.
The tool handle is clamped in the lathe and grind to an acceptable form.
In the absence of the machine it can be rough to cut with hand tools and then sanded, clamped in the Chuck of a drill. The remaining chips can be used repeatedly. If the arm remains the ruts, then this indicates a weak Tambovka. In the future, it should be done more efficiently.
Ready handle HDPE is a high impact and very well kept. Therefore, the tool will serve many more years. She is not afraid of water and pleasant to the touch.