Oh, and I didn't think to make the Instructable until after I was finished with it, so we don't have have 'in progress' pics. sorry.
Step 1: Acquire Materials!
Part description, Lowes Part number, Notes
60" Ash bow rake handle, 147671, This can be any handle really, this one just seemed to be the right size for me
8-32 x 1 3/4" bolts (4), 18771, we only need 3, but they come in 4 packs
8-32 Nylon washer lock nuts (4), 137446, we only need 3, but they come in 4 packs
4" SS cleanout cover plate, 253211, Doesn't have to be stainless, but I thought it was pretty :- )
3/8" x 1' all-thread, 44597, We will be using about 8" of this
3/8" fender washer (2), 68884
3/8" nylon washer lock nut (1), 51129, we only need one, but I bought a 25 count pack
Step 2: Lets Build This Thing Already!
Push the threaded rod into the end of the handle, and drilled 3 - 3/16" holes through the rake handle and the rod using my drill press.
Then put #8 bolts through the holes, and put the #8 lock nuts on the other side.
Next, thread the 3/8" nylon nut down to about 1/2" away from the handle tip, then remove the #8 bolts.
At this point, I cut off about 4" of rod from the business end, but feel free to cut it at whatever length you want your spike.
On a grinding wheel, sharpen the end of the rod to a pencil point. (Just hold the rod steady at a sharp angle, and rotate the rod until it has a nice point on it.)
If you want, you can use the grinding wheel to remove the rest of the threads from the rod up to your nylon nut. (I did, I think it helps garbage slide up the rod easier)
Now, widen the hole in the cleanout cover to 3/8".
Slide onto the non sharpened edge of your spike: 1-3/8 fender washer, cleanout cover, and the other fender washer.
Then slide that assembly into your handle, and replace your #8 bolts.
Tighten the #8 nylon nuts, then you're 3/8" nylon nut.
You should now have something that looks similar to my picture.
Any questions, please ask below, and I will try to get to them. This is my first instructable, and if this goes well, I may do some more.
Thanks for reading!