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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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.
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
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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