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I sharped the shovel I primed and painted for another BB. This is going to sound funny but I had no idea you could sharpen shovels with a file. It was a quick project, but I truly found it super rewarding that each BB is teaching me something and helping me learn a new skill. I used avocado oil to coat the shovel after the filing was done.
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Chipped shovel
Chipped shovel
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Rough edges
Rough edges
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Better view
Better view
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Action shot of me trying to file, hold the shovel ,and take a picture haha
Action shot of me trying to file, hold the shovel ,and take a picture haha
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In progress
In progress
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Almost there
Almost there
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Sharp
Sharp
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Sharp
Sharp
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Avocado oil to coat
Avocado oil to coat
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Wiping down
Wiping down
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I picked up this shovel at an estate sale a couple weeks ago. This is another BB that I wouldn’t have otherwise thought to do but needed to be done.
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Old shovel
Old shovel
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Removing rust with borrowed angle grinder.
Removing rust with borrowed angle grinder.
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I used my preferred gun oil for the shovel. The bottle claims to be eco friendly, but I know it protects metal well.
I used my preferred gun oil for the shovel. The bottle claims to be eco friendly, but I know it protects metal well.
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Clean, oiled, and sharpened shovel
Clean, oiled, and sharpened shovel
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Sharpening and cleaning a shovel
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Dull dirty shovel with nicks
Dull dirty shovel with nicks
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Backside same shovel
Backside same shovel
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Shovel cleaned, filed and oiled
Shovel cleaned, filed and oiled
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Close up same shovel
Close up same shovel
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My toffest shovel needed sharpening and protection. I used some old extra linseed oil from a previous wood project to protect my gardening tools. Rust is removed with metal brush and  sharpening done with a power tool with disk and a file for finishing. Stones are rare here, sa i can sharpen a finer edge.
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Rusty shovel
Rusty shovel
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Rust remove and ruff sharpening done
Rust remove and ruff sharpening done
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Fine sharpening
Fine sharpening
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Oiled with linseed oil.
Oiled with linseed oil.
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I cleaned, sharpened, and polished a shovel!
I used water and a scrub brush to clean off the clay, a file and steel wool to clean off the concrete, sandpaper to clean off the rust, and a file to give the shovel an edge. After that, I rubbed the shovel down well with grapeseed oil.
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dull and cruddy
dull and cruddy
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sanding
sanding
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sharpening
sharpening
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shiny
shiny
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sharper edge; please let me know if the edge is not clear enough in this photo
sharper edge; please let me know if the edge is not clear enough in this photo
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"A great little man with a blond ponytail whistled to himself beside the hut, sharpening his shovel with a whetstone.  Who sharpens a shovel?"(The Bands of Mourning, by Brandon Sanderson)

I laughed out loud when I read that passage because I had planned to do that very thing today!

I used 220 grit sandpaper and steel wool.  Sharpened with a file, then I oiled with mineral oil.  
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Dirty shovel. Never again.
Dirty shovel. Never again.
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Working on it
Working on it
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Sharp edge
Sharp edge
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Finished!
Finished!
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Working my way through the sand badge here for tool care.  Time to clean and sharpen a shovel.  I don't know if I've ever done this before, the sharpening part at least.  Makes sense that a shovel would work a bit better if sharpened.

For the oil I found I had a bottle of canola oil in the cupboard that has gone rancid.  Seems like a fine choice for this application instead of just tossing it out.
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Here is a photo of my primary digging spade in rather sad shape and caked with a bunch of dirt.
Here is a photo of my primary digging spade in rather sad shape and caked with a bunch of dirt.
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The timer on the camera caught me in this action shot when I was using an angle grinder to sharpen the edge.
The timer on the camera caught me in this action shot when I was using an angle grinder to sharpen the edge.
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The same shovel cleaned, sharpened, and oiled up.
The same shovel cleaned, sharpened, and oiled up.
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Here is a close up photo to try and show the sharpened edge better.
Here is a close up photo to try and show the sharpened edge better.
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Ash Jackson wrote:May I care for my Pick/Mattock and have it qualify for this BB?



I've gotta assume that's a soft "no"
 
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This is a first time with sharpening a shovel. It was sort of a "well duh, why didn't I think of that" moment, why deal with a dull shovel when you can sharpen it? I oiled it with olive oil because that is what I had available.
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Dirty not sharp shovel
Dirty not sharp shovel
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Scrubbing dirt and any rust off
Scrubbing dirt and any rust off
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Sharpening with a file
Sharpening with a file
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Oiled
Oiled
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