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
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.