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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in tool care.

Everyone has a shovel.  It's often sitting in the garden shed and getting rusty.  Did you know that sharp shovels dig much easier than dull ones?  Let's make this shovel shine!

Clean the rust/dirt off of the shovel using sandpaper, angle grinder, orbital sander, scouring pad, steel wool, etc.  Use a file, sandpaper, angle grinder or belt sander to put a sharp edge on the shovel.  Bevel just one side, unlike a knife.  Go for a blunter edge than a knife so that it doesn't get dull when it hits dirt for the first time.  Oil it to keep it from rusting.

Here's a good video of the process.  If you're using a cup brush on an angle grinder, wear enough protective equipment.  The wires can fly off and get embedded in things.

Requirements to complete:
 - Can be any metal shovel (not metal edged plastic snow shovels)
 - Protecting oil can't be petroleum derived

To get certified for this BB, post three pics:

  - pic of rusty shovel
  - action pic
  - pic of clean, sharp shovel
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Have a too-tall-for-my leg-to-reach shovel that I usually use for planting plant starts. I cut off about 3 inches, sharpened, cleaned, and oiled it.
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Cutting off three inches
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Filing off the back
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Cleaning the shovel
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Oiled and done
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

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I decided to clean up a shovel with a bend in the tip. I cleaned off the dried on plaster? with the edge of a board then some cardboard. Put the shovel in a vice and used a grinder to smooth out the edge and get a bevel evenly around the cutting edge, then used a file to smooth it a bit more. I also used a bench mounted wire wheel to take off some light surface rust on the back of the shovel blade, then used a rag and wiped it down with some grape seed oil.
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Staff note (Dave Burton):

I hereby certify this BB as complete!

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Cleaned with a rag, mostly to remove sand and sharpened with a file. I was too stubborn to use a grinder but the file worked fine. Finished it up with a coat of grape seed oil
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Staff note (Mike Barkley):

I certify this BB is complete.

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