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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 the following:

  - pic of dull or rusty shovel
  - action pic
  - pic of clean, sharp shovel
  - describe the oil used to protect the metal
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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.
Tree-planting-shovel.jpg
Tree planting shovel
Tree planting shovel
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Sharpening with a grinder
Sharpening with a grinder
FIling-off-the-back.jpg
FIling off the back
FIling off the back
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Cleaning the shovel prior to oiling
Cleaning the shovel prior to oiling
All-oiled-up-and-ready-for-use.jpg
All oiled up and ready for use
All oiled up and ready for use
Staff note (Dave Burton) :

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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Shovel with bend in tip
Shovel with bend in tip
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FIling the tip of the shovel
FIling the tip of the shovel
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All sharpened
All sharpened
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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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Dull shovel
Dull shovel
Sharpening-the-shovel.jpg
Sharpening the shovel
Sharpening the shovel
All-cleaned-up-and-ready-for-use.jpg
All cleaned up and ready for use
All cleaned up and ready for use
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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I sharpened a shovel today.  Wow, what a difference it makes!  I used a grinder for the sharpening, a sanding wheel on the grinder to take off a bit of rust and avocado oil to protect the metal afterwards.
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One dull shovel
One dull shovel
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Grinding the edge of the shovel head
Grinding the edge of the shovel head
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All oiled and sharp for future use!
All oiled and sharp for future use!
Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Here we go!

Hanging out at Alerton Abby. You know what Alerton could use? Sharp shovels! Jaqi and I had fun; she's a great !
We used Linseed oil to protect the shovels... because that's what they where using inside for the floors...
One-dull-shovel.jpg
One dull shovel
One dull shovel
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Not a double take it is still dull
Not a double take it is still dull
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Sharpening with a file
Sharpening with a file
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New edge on an old dull shovel
New edge on an old dull shovel
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Applying linseed oil with a rag
Applying linseed oil with a rag
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I certify this BB is complete!

 
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This is the rusty and dull shovel before I worked on it.



This is an action picture of me sharpening the shovel.



It took me a sizeable chunk of time with the angle grinder to get most of the rust off. This is the shovel after I finished sharpening it, removing the rust, and oiling it,



I used raw linseed oil to oil to protect the metal of the shovel.
Staff note (Steve Thorn) :

I certify this BB is complete!

 
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Dave Burton is really hitting the BB's pretty hard ! Good to see others going for their Badges.
 
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Thank you, Bill! I'm trying as projects, tasks, and people align in Bootcamp. Sometimes the work lines up with BB's and sometimes not. Also, keeping my energy and motivation levels up can sometimes be a challenge, too! Thank you for the kind words; I greatly appreciate them!
 
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May I care for my Pick/Mattock and have it qualify for this BB?
 
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