repairing cast iron handle

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repairing cast iron handle

Post by SteveM » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:01 pm

I have this handle where the top broke off and got lost.
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I was thinking of trying to make a new end and weld/braze it on.

You can see what it's supposed to look like here:
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What are my options to repair this?

The missing part is pretty much an arm with a ball on the end.

I suppose casting an entire new handle would have to be considered an option. I do have another complete one to use for a pattern, and shrink probably won't amount to enough to worry.

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Re: repairing cast iron handle

Post by RMinMN » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:26 am

Do you need pretty or authentic or just usable? If you need it to be similar to the original then casting is probably your best option if you have the ability to do so. If it just has to perform the function and odd looking doesn't bother you, steel is much more forgiving of being bumped without breaking but it will be harder to make it look authentic.

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Re: repairing cast iron handle

Post by SteveM » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:29 am

RMinMN wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:26 am
Do you need pretty or authentic or just usable?
At some point, authentic might be nice, which is why I thought casting several might be a good idea.

For now, I'd like to get this handle working.

I just wish people would save the parts that break off - it would be SOOOOO much easier to fix.

I'm also thinking of casting the P&W plate behind it, which should be pretty simple as I don't need a two-sided mold.

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Re: repairing cast iron handle

Post by SteveHGraham » Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:55 am

I used stainless wire to MIG cast iron, and it held just fine.
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