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#46 trowel OFFLINE  

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 09:21 AM

coldone, That is much appreciated,

Now for the long handle tools,
This is a unfinished Tulip spade, more or less a Very heavy duty trowel head on a long Ash handle, it is solid forged from a truck leaf spring, shank on this one goes 4 1/2 inches into the handle, the cutting edge is very pronounced for cutting and blade bowl shaped for scooping up the bulbs and plants.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 09:26 AM

Here's a lot of my late late 1800's and earl 1900's shovels, spades, forks and others, i have one that came off of a Willys jeep for the US Army from the 40's.
Here is the digging Hoe in a natual maple handle. The blue handle tool is a modified medum duty digging for in tight spots, can also be used as a hay fork.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 09:34 AM

This may turn some heads,
A Heavy Duty soild forged and strapped 2 prong digging fork made from 1060 steel, has the strapped Ash T-handle, this is a one of a kind, i never made another one.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 09:44 AM

This is my first Prototype of the 2-prong Tanged digging fork forged from a case hardened buggie axle, buried a full 12 inches into the Heavy duty Ash wood handle with a extra long 16 inch ferrule, the tool head is made in such a way you place your foot sideways on the swan's neak while pulling back on the handle you drive the tool into the ground.
After painting i have never used this Prototype, it will be passed on through the family.

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 09:48 AM

Some of my old well used brushing tools,

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Posted March 11, 2012 - 09:59 AM

Here's a picture of a broken swan's neck trowel i saved as a reminder to draw temper before doing any more work on the tool, after quenching in water the tool becomes very hard and brittle, i set it aside and forgot to draw temper.
The Digging Hoe is a personal tool i have been using and testing for years, the shank is riveted to the blade instead of welded, i was testing the quality and strenght of the rivets, it has held up so far, the Maple handle is stained to deep red and is of bird's head shape to aid in chopping roots.

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Posted March 13, 2012 - 08:49 PM

I've been really enjoying seeing all the tools you made and how you made them . Reading how you take things that we would have scraped , like a broken leaf spring , into useful tools is great , Al
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Posted March 13, 2012 - 09:50 PM

Alc, thanks a bunch for your kind comments, i really enjoy forging the tools, my sister borrowed my hand hoe pictured above and the 3 tine hand cultivator to clean out the flower beds while i tested the Military genset's Voltage regulator, we sat down and planed on what flowers to buy this spring, if she was using the store bought junk it would take hours.
Everyone in my family benefits from my skills in some way and we all have a green thumb.
I have more pictures to up load and will explain how to forge other garden tools.
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Posted March 14, 2012 - 08:22 AM

The broken hoe reminds me of my little plow. Its a worn out sears 8 inch moldboard, the point is about as sharp as my bald head. I decided to braze on a new piece of steel and use the grinder to repoint and shape it. I used an old broken mattock for the donor steel. I cut out a piece to fit and close to the shape I needed about 3X3 square. I fluxed the entire backside and used 56% silver braze, becuse it will run like water. I got it brazed on and being in a hurry I quenched it so that I could start grinding. I got it shaped almost perfectly and threw the plow behind the tractor and hit the garden. First furrow went great, dug in like it was supposed to and rode the ground great. Second furrow was even better since I had gotten it dialed in on the first. Third was going good until I hit a root, a slight slow down of the tractor and a chrystal clear "PING" and the plow jumped out of the ground. A perfect break on the new point, nice pretty fine grain in there. If I would have just taken the time to anneal it it would have bent instead of snap. Anyway used the grinder to shape up what i could and it did work better than before but not as good as it did.
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Posted March 21, 2012 - 07:45 PM

Heh, heh, i broke a 16 inch syracuse JD walk behind on a underground rock, snapped off the point.
Plow is a show piece now.

It was such a nice day i pulled out some of the old tools and did what i do every spring, clean and oil, some of the spades and shovels are 1920's and 1930's, some i painted green or red from the 40's and 50's.
Very relaxing to do in the sun.

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Posted March 21, 2012 - 07:49 PM

While i was at it i oiled up the push reel mower from the 1920's, made in Springfield, Ma.

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Posted March 22, 2012 - 05:47 AM

Looking at your 5 prong cuiltvator I see the one I picked up at a flea market doesn't have the tines in the correct order , the bigger ones are in the middle and smaller ones at the ends . I couldn't figure out why it didn't do a good job. :lol: I'll have to swap them around , thanks , Al
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Posted March 22, 2012 - 06:43 AM

You have some really neat looking tools there.
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Posted March 22, 2012 - 07:44 AM

Looking at your 5 prong cuiltvator I see the one I picked up at a flea market doesn't have the tines in the correct order , the bigger ones are in the middle and smaller ones at the ends . I couldn't figure out why it didn't do a good job. :lol: I'll have to swap them around , thanks , Al


Your welcome, that is a Planet Jr., i think the handle is Elm, i made it with a Snath (like a sythe handle) held on but 2 hand forged brackets, ever notice your hand between your thunb and first finger hurting after cultivating or raking ? the Snath is so you can put down-pressure and push-pull action with out wearing you self out.
A Snath can still be had and screwed onto a rake, i find it very usefull, i hope this helps you guys with this spring's raking.

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Posted March 22, 2012 - 07:51 AM

I was looking at the tines I never even noticed the handle !!! :lol: What a great idea, Thanks again, Al




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