35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

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35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by Ianely » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:25 am

I recently purchased a nice stainless steel scoop for detecting on the beach ... the problem is that I have been unable to source a 35mm diameter wooden shaft of about 1.5m in length for it.

Does anybody know where I might be able to get one from ?

Thanks for any help, tips or advice ... Ianely



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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by Lowland » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:35 am

Hi
Whenever I’ve neede a new wooden shank for something-
A car boot sale is good there is usually a selection of garden tools
Like rakes and hoes.
Usually for a couple of quid a go.
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by ICENI » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:44 pm

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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by WeatherWitch » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:54 pm

Wickes and Travis Perkins stock 30mm Pine handles for about £3.50 ish
But I've managed to snap one already B|

I've prepped another one with boiled linseed oil and am giving it a week to dry, before coating it with marine varnish.

Let me know how you get on with the 35mm shaft, but whatever you get, I would make sure you weather-proof it.
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by hihosilver » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:39 pm

An alternative is to just buy a slightly thinner handle and pad it out with some material, it will hold surprisingly well for quite a while if padded properly. Cheap duct tape works well for this, if applied in a spiral up the shaft, then just twist it into the holder. I wouldn't go thinner than 30mm. And make sure it's a decent straight-grain hardwood handle or you'll end up breaking a lot.

The trouble with any 1.5m handle is that's one hell of a lot of force you apply to where the handle meets the sand scoop. I'd recommend shortening it a bit. I started with around the same size handle and soon realised it made the whole thing heavier than it needed to be so chopped mine down to about 1m. Works just as effectively. Thicker handles also add to the weight.

As mentioned above make sure you coat whatever handle with some sort of protective coating, preferably a waterproof one, or it will rot within a year or so.
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by Digiffys » Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:07 pm

Search for post hole digger handle ::g
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by domelec » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:19 pm

B&q and Homebase do 35mm dowel

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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by Ianely » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:29 pm

Solved : using the butt end of a cheap old fishing whip, I strengthened it at the base by gluing short lengths of the next telescopic blank on the inside to increase the wall thickness.
I then built-up the end to the required diameter so that it fitted snuggly into the scoop socket.
Finally i smeared Gorrila glue on the inner surface of the socket scoop then fitted the shaft ... Gorrilla glue expannds slightly when curing making sure any gaps between the socket and shaft are filled.
Decent end result ... off to the beach next weekend to test it out.
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by sweepstick47 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:02 pm

That looks to be a great job and I'm sure a better alternative to pine softwood handle ::g
Good Luck on it's first trials ::g

I made-up something similar recently for my Evolution Sand-scoop but I need to shorten the length of the horizontal stand by a couple of inches each side - (on advice from Fred) ::g see below:-

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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by hihosilver » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:08 pm

Looks like you've done a good job on it. If that's a fibreglass pole it might flex or snap fairly easily, but if it's a thick carbon fibre rod then that stuff is ridiculously strong, probably even better and much lighter than a wooden handle. ::g
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by Ianely » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:16 pm

It’s thin walled CF ... so still prone to failing where the bending moment is greatest at the scoop socket ... I increased the wall thickness by bonding additional telescopic lengths internally near the base ... so we will soon see if it worked !

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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by hihosilver » Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:29 pm

It's certainly worth a try. Let us know how it goes. ::g
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by philthedig » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:10 am

Take a look in your local agricultural supplies outlet , that's where I bought mine.
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by hihosilver » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:14 pm

Managed to get out and test it yet?
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by Ianely » Fri Oct 26, 2018 8:24 pm

Did a couple of hours on Bridlington beach last weekend and it worked a treat !

I made sure i put it through its paces too !

My highlight though was finding a gold ring on a farm permission i have near our caravan in Bridlington ... i’ve only been detecting for a few months and only have about 15 hours actual detecting experiece.

So you can imagine how chuffed i was with the find !

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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by hihosilver » Sat Oct 27, 2018 10:38 am

Thanks for the report back. Will definitely give this a go next time I need to replace a handle. ::g
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by slowsweep » Sat Oct 27, 2018 11:47 am

Ash fork handles, any builders yard, job done.
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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by digcodd » Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:25 pm

good solution. hope it lasts

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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by dirtdigger1 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:48 pm

I bought a Wolfpack 1200 x 35 mm wooden handle.

LOVE it!

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Re: 35mm wooden shaft for beach scoop

Post by Sewin » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:19 pm

I found this usefull to gain maximum strength from the ash handle I used:
https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/t ... en-handle/

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