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I think that would qualify for the oddball BB.
 
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Sharpened a shovel PTJ 2021. Oil used was coconut oil.

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Sharp clean shovel
Sharp clean shovel
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Coconut oil
Coconut oil
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Sharp shovel edge
Sharp shovel edge
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Dull shovel
Dull shovel
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Sharpening using a file
Sharpening using a file
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Found a rusty shovel and couldn't help but clean it off!

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Before
Before
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Ew
Ew
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Action
Action
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Oiled with Linseed oil
Oiled with Linseed oil
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All sharp and looking practically new!
All sharp and looking practically new!
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I cleaned, sharpened, and oiled a shovel! I scrubbed with a wire brush, sharpened with a file, and finished with grapeseed oil.

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Finished
Finished
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Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed Oil
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Sharp Edge
Sharp Edge
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Filing the edge
Filing the edge
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Cleaning
Cleaning
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Dull Edge
Dull Edge
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Shovel before cleaning and sharpening
Shovel before cleaning and sharpening
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Sharpened a dull shovel, took some of the rust off and oiled it with linseed oil.
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Before
Before
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Beveled the edge
Beveled the edge
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After oiling
After oiling
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I cleaned up and sharpened my shovel.
shovel
First, oscillating tool to remove surface mess.
oscillating tool cleaning shovel
I used a rasp to sharpen the digging edge.

I finished by oiling the head and handle with boiled linseed oil.
treating shovel head with boiled linseed oil
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this is one old shovel
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grody
grody
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dull
dull
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one half after brushing
one half after brushing
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done cleaning, filing the "blade"
done cleaning, filing the "blade"
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oiled with linseed oil
oiled with linseed oil
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shiny
shiny
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sharp
sharp
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Didn't know I was gonna need a spare hour and a half but all I had was sandpaper but it's a job well done is all I can say.
One de-rusted and freshly sharpened shovel coming right up!
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Dirty specimen
Dirty specimen
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Sanding
Sanding
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Sharpening
Sharpening
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Oil of choice
Oil of choice
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Mid oiling
Mid oiling
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Final result
Final result
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Sharpened edge
Sharpened edge
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Note: Great set of photos Brandon - Now you know!! Tip: set up a tool maintenance routine.  Well done mate

 
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I have some very nice hand-me down shovels. My favorite one has some dings from trying to dig into rocks... I chose it for today's badge bit.

This shovel is quite old, and the handle is all wood with the split end filled with a cross bar of wood. I'd love to learn how to replicate that.

There are some pretty deep pits in places, so it won't come out looking new, but I did take a wire brush to it and cleaned off the caked on gunk and a bit of rust. I sharpened with a file, mostly on the back edge but a little bit on the front as well. It's oiled with perilla oil - a drying oil. I applied with a big leaf of fuki, Japanese butterbur, since I couldn't find any clean rags around. I used the excess oil to give the handle a little treatment too.

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Before. Needs some tender love and care.
Before. Needs some tender love and care.
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Dings make it hard to dig.
Dings make it hard to dig.
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Filing off the dings and sharpening the edge.
Filing off the dings and sharpening the edge.
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After sharpening - close-up of the edge.
After sharpening - close-up of the edge.
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After oiling with perilla oil.
After oiling with perilla oil.
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L. Johnson wrote:This shovel is quite old, and the handle is all wood with the split end filled with a cross bar of wood. I'd love to learn how to replicate that.


Try this as a place to start: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWKFGD0SV4s
To make the handle, I would start with a long grained hard wood and shape to a round. leaving the top 400 mm (16") larger than 32 mm (1 1/4"), say 50 mm (2").
With the grain edge to the sides (look at the end of the grain and have the most full circles (rings to the front and back) so that you can get maximum strength.
Split (cut) the handle down front to back say 300 mm (1').  Bind the handle at the base of the 300mm to prevent it splitting further.
Steam the timber for an hour or so or soak for a week.  Gradually open the split per the video and fashion the handle component to suit your hand.  Drill a 1/2"hole and fashion handle ends to insert into the holes.
Spring handle into split shaft and release the retaining wedge.  A bit like springing the watchband clip back into the watch bezel.  Leave to dry for a week or two. Install the handle into the shovel. Sand and oil then get into the digging
Good luck with it all.  Hope this helps.  Looking forward to a picture.
 
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