finishing products for wood handles
Have everything from woodworking tool handles to garden tool handles to construction tools.
I think I can figure out how to refinish a chisel handle, but garden tools and construction tools? From trowels to rakes to shovels to wheel barrows. Particularly those used outdoors and exposed to UV and lots of dirt. How about inside the ferrel? It can be destructive to try to separate the handle from the tool.
Apparently, I don’t know how to search this site.
I have to say your post left me scratching my head a bit, but if you are asking what to use as a finish for your gardening tools a quality Marine Varnish, also called Spar Varish, will be your best choice. It offers a relatively durable finish with UV stability built in, but nothing will last forever if the tools is being used. As to the last couple of sentences, I would finish it before setting the ferrel if it's a new handle and if I was refinishing a handle that already had a ferrel in place I would probably just leave it and finish the exposed wood, but I don't like gardening enough to really care what my tools look like so any sound piece of wood is fine with me.
Sorry I wasn't clear. Not for looks, for preservation. I can redo every few years. Spar varnish makes sense. A coat of varnish and a little elbow grease beats buying a new tool or handle. Whatever finish is used on a tool bought from the local stores & big box store doesn't last long. Stored covered-but-unheated doesn't help. Your help is appreciated. Thanks!
I never leave wooden handled tools out in the weather, but I've never finished them either. They just weather, and it's never been a problem. They've all lasted for decades.