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So I started teaching this year and have accesses atleast for now to w welder, torch, and grinder. So I want to make a broad fork as a class project. Most of the homemade of broad forks I have seen use big nails or rods, but I want to make something close to the quality and size of a meadow creator. https://meadowcreature.com/broadforks. My problem is that I cannot find any dimensions besides the length of the teeth.  I mainlt need to know the general arc of the teeth. Could anyone post a side profile of there forks so I can come up with a templet for my teeth design? I would be happy to photograph the process.
 
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When I was growing up in the last millenium, my father had a "potato fork" which we used to loosen and turn soil (in addition to lifting spuds).  It had about 6 tines, each about the width of a finger and spaced maybe two fingers apart. They were about the same arc as a regular round point digging shovel.  Since it was for lifting potatoes out of the ground, it was not as wide as a broad fork, but that should give you a starting point.
 
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Try reaching out to Larry Cooper at Gulland Forgehttp://gullandforge.com/

He should be able to give you some ideas, if the pictures on his site are not inspiration and information enough.
 
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Well kinda looking for the flat steel fork like the Meadow Creator. I have some flat 1/2 in steel plate that I want to cut the forks out of. 1 because I have it 2 because it is part of what I am teaching right now. The round nail looking one look like they would be an issue in my really hard clay. 
 
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So here is our broad fork I will post some pics of it in use soon.
 
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The back side of a tine should be elliptical in shape and the base end needs to be in the 1.5 -2 inch range.

I made my template on hardboard and used a string method to get the back side elliptical shape first then measured 2" to the inside of the ellipse at the base for the start of the inner side ellipse, I also measured straight down 14" from the base line for length of the tine.

Mine is out of .25 inch plate steel with a 2.5" x .25" thick flat bar stock for the foot rest, the handle ends are 90 degree bends 18" apart to which 2" pipe pieces 8" long were welded for the handles. I made my handles out of hickory tree trunks for no break in the grain.

I used fillet welds on both sides of each tine and a fillet weld at the bend where the pipe pieces are welded for the handles.

Hope that helps you out.

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