How to prop­erly re-han­dle a shovel

Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - Shop Notes -

When re­plac­ing an old shovel han­dle, ori­ent the new one so the oval rings of wood grain run up and down its sides (rel­a­tive to the blade). Han­dles break when the tool is strained along those ovals, so a look down the han­dle to­ward the face of the blade should re­veal only straight, par­al­lel lines of wood grain.

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