Perennial spade

  1. MysterG

    MysterG Member

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    My wife has wanted one of these spades for a while. Less than 2ft long and apparently easier to use when kneeling. She already has a long handled trowel but it just bends to easily with the extra leverage and just a 1/4" bar between metal and handle.

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    Looking around these things are not cheap, especially for something that she might not get on with, so I decided "how hard could it be?"

    Bought a handle as I'm no carpenter and it was only a few pounds. Welded the rest up from 2mm mild steel plate.

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    Now I know carbon steel would be better etc. but it is not for digging big holes and levering out rocks, just planting in reasonably friable soil.
    Wanted a blackish finish, but not sure how to achieve it. Tried paint but that was bad, was actually happier with the finish after I tried removing most of the paint, so that's how it will stay.
    Waxed the handle and attached it with 2 makeshift rivets (cut down nails).
    Had a try in the garden and it appears to work well.

    Will have to see if MrsG likes it, but it's a Christmas pressie so will have to wait.

    Would love to have a go at forging a decent one.
     
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  2. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Looks good

    I’m sure my dad used to use linseed oil to protect his tools
     
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  3. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Ought to be easy enough to reinforce? :dontknow:
     
  4. TechnicAl

    TechnicAl Member

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    looks good
     
  5. MysterG

    MysterG Member

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    Probably .... less fun though :laughing:
     
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  6. pedrobedro

    pedrobedro Man at Matalan

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    I rub mine over with boiled linseed oil after I clean and dry them. I use it on building trowels as well and on the wooden handles.
     
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  7. WorkshopChris Forum Supporter

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    Looks good, as above Boiled Linseed Oil or Danish oil will give a good level of protection.
    From the title of this post for some reason, I was expecting this to be a post about some horrible medical condition.
     
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  8. DAPPH

    DAPPH Member

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    Get a bulldog border spade and use a thin disc grinder to cut it to shape , as they are a high carbon steel . Make your blade profile in a folded sheet of light card then Evo stick glue it in place on the back of the blade of the spade as the guide for cutting .
     
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  9. ukracer Forum Supporter

    I bet you wife appreciates it way more than shop brought...
     
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  10. winchman

    winchman Member

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    I have a Titanium one bought from a Auto jumble must put it in the car for winter
     
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