04-26-2021, 11:30 AM
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I've mentioned before how I got the Mystery Brush last year as part of a sweet package purchase.  Looks to be a handmade DIY project.  And likey done quite some time ago.  I still have no idea what the knot is made of.  But I digress.  Anyways... I'm thinking of extending the handle a little.  At least to the size of the black VDH.  The Mystery Brush handle is a wood outer with a cork core.  So I'm thinking of picking up a small decorative knob at the hardware store, some epoxy to attach it.  Waa lah!  Thoughts?  
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 04-26-2021, 12:19 PM
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It's a cute lill thing, and sounds like a fun little project. The question here is, I think, not why... but why not?

You could - in theory at least - make a mold around the handle and cast a resin extension in place?

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 04-26-2021, 12:38 PM
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If I had the tools and supplies to do a mold & resin handle, that would be a neat project.

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 04-26-2021, 08:45 PM
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I've made mold out of masking tape and cardboard, and odorless craft resins can be had at most crafts stores. The real job is shaping (files) and polishing (sandpaper, wet-n-dry, lots of elbow grease)...

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 04-27-2021, 05:43 AM
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I like the character of the existing wood knob of a handle.  Which is why I'm figuring on doing a decorative knob attachment with a good epoxy.  Then a light coat or two of polyurethane to seal the surface.  I live in an old Victorian, and have some spare wood door stops around.  I might use one of those.

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 04-27-2021, 06:39 AM
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I am looking forward to seeing your results, Ron.

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 04-28-2021, 03:28 PM
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Here's where it's at so far.  The screw was in real tight, and I couldn't unscrew it.  So I cut it flush, sanded it all and glued the two parts together.  Gonna let it dry till tomorrow then give it coat of polyurethane.  Height wise it'll pretty much match the Perigrino.
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 04-28-2021, 04:17 PM
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So far so good Thumbsup How are you planning on sanding and refinishing? All tedious hand work I’m sure.

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 04-28-2021, 05:23 PM
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I sanded it by hand.  My goal was to remove as much of the paint as possible without being too particular.  I want it to retain the much traveled look of the original black handle.  The knob is an old door stop original to our house (1890 construction).  The seal coat should only darken the wood a slight bit.

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 04-28-2021, 07:17 PM
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Looking good Smile

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 04-29-2021, 10:21 AM
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It's cool that you're using an old wood door stop from your house.  Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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 05-01-2021, 02:27 PM
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First coat of polyurethane drying.  Tomorrow, a light sanding and second coat.
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 05-02-2021, 06:02 PM
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And the final product.  Ended up a tad taller than the Perigrino, but smaller diameter handle.  I'll take it for a test run tomorrow.
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 05-02-2021, 06:21 PM
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Nicely done, Ron. Looking forward to your review Smile

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 05-03-2021, 01:00 AM
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It's great, thanks for sharing.

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 05-03-2021, 02:51 AM
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Well done, Ron.

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 05-03-2021, 06:46 PM
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This is the first use of the revamped Mystery Brush.  That extra bit of leverage and comfort of having more handle to hold on to makes a noticable difference.  I like the diameter of this and the newer length.  My addition to what was probably a home made brush to begin with.  Not my best performer.  But it'll see a little more use from here on out for sure.
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 05-03-2021, 08:16 PM
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I love it! Good job, man.

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