Trowel handle in the freezer

The wooden handle on my garden trowel has partially rotted away. Not having a lathe or anything I have just bought a very cheap trowel which does though have quite a nice wooden handle that I want to use .
The metal part of the new trowel will just not come out of the handle, however hard I pull.
My idea now is to put the whole thing in the freezer and then lower the handle *only* into some hot water to take advantage of the expansion difference between the metal part being cold and the wooden handle being hot.
But will freezing the wooden handle damage the wood please? Or grateful for any other ideas, thanks.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Freezing will not damage the wood unless it is wet through. I don't know if wood will expand and contract with temperature though.
Tim w
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Yes, it will.
I don't know if

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
The freezer won't help.
If the handle was installed with some glue/epoxy you might be able to get it to release with heat. Immerse in boiling water for 5 or 10 minutes, catch the cheap trowel in a vise and pull hard.
Most good trowels have a shaped front end and a nut on the back end. When they get a bit loose ( a real frustration when using the trowel) I have found that filling up the hole with Durham's and reinstalling the handle while it is wet gets the handle good and tight again while still being able to remove if required.
______________________________ Keep the whole world singing . . . . DanG (remove the sevens) snipped-for-privacy@7cox.net

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.