Fill with plastic wood and use them for the work they can do, and not
beauty? Don't need to sand then either, although a wire wheel might
work faster than sandpaper anyhow.
My brother brought back a probably-cheap wood sculpture from Thailand
and after a year it started cracking and cracked all over the place.
I stained the inside of the cracks to match the very dark stain on the
outside, and afaic it looks pretty good. You don't notice the cracks
in the guys leg or his chest. At least from a distance.
If you're emotionally attached to the tools, then you're involved in
one of those maintenance relationships. Periodic dressing with your
choice of oil will keep the wood moisturized. As far as the splits,
it depends on how bad they are. Wood filler would tend to crumble out
as the tools are subject to a lot of flexure and heat/water stresses.
You could caulk the gaps before you oil them the first time. Wipe off
the excess with a damp rag and wait for the water to evaporate out
before oiling them up.
Or you could end the maintenance and buy fiberglass handled tools.
I used 60 grit paper on an orbital sander; back and forth the length
of the handles. This was an axe, sledge hammer and short excavation
shovel. I was asking myself the same question.
The desert is hard on the wood, so I will follow the Boiled Linseed
Oil suggestion. I happen to have some in the cabinet.
I doubt I'll be buying these type tools in the future, so a good
clean-up is in order.
"If things get any worse, I'll have to ask you to stop helping me."
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