First brush rebuild, a trial run......

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by Terry, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Well.... off to the mad sientist work shop!

    Keith or @Enrico did up a brush for me, the knot was just GREAT!
    So I've got a few old brushes laying around and I thought??? Why not try it myself.
    Took the cheapest brush and with the help of a drill press and a 3/4 inch Forstner bit I drilled out thr old knot.
    Using a sharp knife I cut the knot more or less even with the top of the handle. I eyeballed it to center, then slowly drilled the old knot out.
    Now there are lots on info and advice on what size knot you need for the hole. After measuring, reading lots of stuff, seeing I have a few that need repaired, I shotgunned it. I bought 2, a 20mm and a 22 mm, 8 bucks each no harm no foul.
    I fooled around with different ways to set it and decided on the following.

    The handle is or was hollow, so I needed to fill it, the bottom was pointed so nothing would set even. Pennies and nickels was the chosen filler with the help of some marine epoxy (ucky-pucky). I wrapped some tape around it for extra strenth, then aet to work. Using some clay like epoxy first I mixed it up then pressed it into the bottom with a penny to level that out.

    Then mixing up some marine epoxy to set the pennies and nickles. I put epoxy between every coin, making sure they were level.

    Finally when All the coins were set to their places, I dabbed the epoxy onto the knot, and pressed it in.


    Took off the tape, then let the ucky-pucky set up.

    Well, dont know if it will stay together, but it looks ok for the first try.
  2. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

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    Looks MORE than ok, Terry. Nice job.
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  3. jimjo1031

    jimjo1031 never bloomed myself

    Looks good, I also use coins where they'll fit. And where it's smaller inside, you can use BB's mixed in with epoxy.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Thanks guys!
    I looked at other brushes onlike to pick out the color to suit my tastes.
    It took about 30 minutes to do it. If it stays together, I have a few more to make "shave ready". I really like the synthetic knots from Maggard. So if this works, they will probably get one of those knots.
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  5. kjbarth

    kjbarth Well-Known Member

    Nice work Terry!

    - Ken
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  6. b1hart

    b1hart Well-Known Member

    Very cool Terry! Purdy!
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  7. mvd

    mvd Well-Known Member

    Wonderful work! Get ready for the new addiction to take hold :)
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  8. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    I'm already feeling the Brush Acquisition Disorder taking hold. Give me a night to sleep on it and it should be full blown BRAD!
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  9. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout The Smart Bunny

    Looks good, T.
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  10. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

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  11. brit

    brit in a box

    looks fantastic Terry..nice job..
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  12. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

    :happy096: Great work Terry! Careful Terry, years ago I started with five brushes I wanted to restore ..... they gave me the confidence for many more, sometimes seemingly impossible restorations. Now I sit here with a large shoe box full behind my chair, on my end tables, stereo cabinet, on the mantle clock ...... oh my, they're everywhere.

    I think I need to do ten or fifteen to thin them out a little. :D

  13. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Thanks Keith
    I already have about 10 that need something done witg them.
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  14. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Thanks Gary
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  15. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    Great job, Terry, and an excellent tutorial!
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  16. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    Lovely job. How did you gauge how far to stick yer plug into the 'ole?
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  17. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    Thanks Charlie!
    Must have been by accident!
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2019
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  18. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    By looking, and personal preference.
    Not shown is all the time spent loading the coins then trying out the knot to see what it looked like. I got close, then loaded it up one coin at a time puting epoxy on each coin. I figured it might be a bit high with the epoxy between each coin compaired to the unepoxied stack, that was not the case. When I set the last coin it was the same depth.
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