Shovel Handle Coating: Anybody Tried Epoxy?

Just made a new handle for one of those snow-pusher thingies.
Probably should have used oak or ash, but I had some poplar on hand so that's what I used..... but the wood is looking kind of raw - as in maybe splinters sometime in the future.
SOP seems to be boiled linseed oil, tung oil, or (linseed oil plus a solvent).
But I don't have any of those on hand... but I do have some West System epoxy.
Anybody tried epoxy on a tool handle?
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On 01/26/2015 09:19 AM, (PeteCresswell) wrote:

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"snow-pusher thingies"
sheesh
Just blog a lotta bicxplacomine on that sucker
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Per philo:

Mea Culpa.... But I didn't think the term-of-art was "Snow Pusher"... hence the suffix... but it turns out that's it.
Like this, only about a hundred years old: <http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200617794_200617794?cm_mmc=Google-pla-_-Snow%20%2B%20Ice%20Removal-_-Shovels%20%2B%20Scrapers-_-42560&ci_src588969&ci_skuB560&ci_src588969&ci_skuB560&gclid=Cj0KEQiA6JemBRC5tYLRwYGcwosBEiQANA3IB1wkAvs0dEYyRhjmnvfFw6mm42WPQQajbwGq6MVqTioaAtAW8P8HAQ>
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On 01/26/2015 12:15 PM, (PeteCresswell) wrote:

That explains it.
Since you've already made a new handle, you could use polyurethane coating...but I'd probably just wrap the potential "splinter" area with duct tape.
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A friend praises Gorilla Tape and I got some and it's very good. It even stuck a couple pieces of poyethylene together for a week or so. I'm going to apply it over more surface and I think it will last longer this time. But it will stick to wood fine of course.
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On 1/26/2015 2:37 PM, micky wrote:

My Dad and I have both used gorilla tape for shoe repair. One of few things which does any good.
The shovel handle might also use gorilla tape.
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Out here in rural areas we use old engine oil out of a car or tractor to coat wood that we want to preserve against the weather.
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Per philo:

No - I mean *really* about a hundred years old. OK... maybe only 50-60.... but the link was just for the gross form/functionality.
This one is solid steel at the business end, old handle looked kind of like the stock on that 170-year-old lever-action rifle that somebody found recently in one of the Western national parks.
BTW, if you're over about 5'8" tall; a longer handle improves the ergonomics a *lot*. I'm about 6'5" and the new handle is 6' long - about 2' longer than the original.
That changes the pushing angle significantly and gives a 2' longer stroke to every push. I'd estimate the effort to clear my driveway this morning at less than half what it took a few days before with the same amount of snow.
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On 01/26/2015 03:30 PM, (PeteCresswell) wrote:

Nice you are using the old "snow pusher".
I have plenty of ancient tools here...including a few of my grandfather's hammers that have to be 75 years old.
Also my dad's 50 year old Black and Decker drill is still going strong.
Before he bought it I was using a hand cranked drill...not only for wood, but sheet metal.
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I didn't know they had webpages 100 years ago.
But I googled and some rancher found one in a dry cave in New Mexico that appears to be 150 years old. It's unusual because it has a date, when most current webpages don't.
The one you post above is intriguiging. It says it has a "self-sharpening blunt square surface". I guess it only sharpens until it's blunt.
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