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Tool handles withstand a lot of wear and tear, especially if you are an avid woodworker or hobbyist. Wooden tool handles are particularly vulnerable to age and wear, and you may need to refinish wood handles periodically to restore them to their orig

How to Restore Tool Handles

Tool handles withstand a lot of wear and tear, especially if you are an avid woodworker or hobbyist. Wooden tool handles are particularly vulnerable to age and wear, and you may need to refinish wood handles periodically to restore them to their original condition. Restoring a wooden tool handle is a simple process. You first must sand off the tool handle's original finish and then apply a new stain to the wood.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

Tack clothBrushStainStain conditioner120 grit sandpaper220 grit sandpaper

Instructions

1 Sand the tool handles with 120 grit sandpaper by hand. Sand until the original paint or finish is completely removed from the wood. Wipe the handles with a tack cloth to remove sawdust.

2 Sand the tool handles with 220 grit sandpaper by hand. Sand the entire surface of the handles until the wood is smooth. Wipe the handles with a tack cloth.

3 Wipe the tool handles with a damp cloth to raise the grain of the wood. Sand them again with 220 grit sandpaper. Wipe the handles with a tack cloth.

4 Brush a coat of stain conditioner onto the tool handles with a brush to prime the wood. Allow the conditioner to dry completely.

5 Brush a coat of stain onto the tool handles with a clean brush. Allow the stain to absorb into the wood and wipe off excess with a clean cloth. Allow the stain to completely dry.

Tips and warnings

Work with the grain of the wood when sanding and staining.

Wear gloves and goggles to protect your hands and eyes.

Keep your work area ventilated.

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