Never bend over again to shovel snow!  Add a second handle from any broken tool with a D-handle (or even a cheapy shovel cut off), two pieces of plywood and a few nuts and bolts.  It works even better than those expensive curved handle shovels you see in the store.

Step 1: A little prep

Cut two pieces of scrap ply approx 9x16", cut a handle down to about 20" long, buy six bolts, washers and nuts the appropriate length for the thickness of the second handle and two pieces of ply, typically 3 inches.
Looks like this <a href="http://www.quirky.com/products/68-Shovel-Master">http://www.quirky.com/products/68-Shovel-Master</a>
The default pictures at quirky.com are actually pretty deceiving. They do not show that the Shovel Master is both articulated and torsionally spring biased, which is the key to constructing a truly viable dual handled shovel.<br> <br> You can read much more about the design, it's advantages, &nbsp;and view extensive footage under pretty severe snow conditions at<br> &nbsp;<a href="http://theshovelmaster.com"><strong>theshovelmaster.com</strong></a>
Great , this has been a pretty brutal winter sofar 2 inches of ice on my driveway, that happens to be some odd 1000 square feet, luckily my dad has a plow for the snow, but we have to get the ice up cause the plow cant handle it. Boy was my back sore after that day, i wonder how much this would help.
This needs to be lightened as much as possible. Remember how difficult it can be to throw a large (heavy) load of snow! <br><br> I see some pencil marks on the plywood, which seem to suggest that the author has that in mind.
Yes, GishPup, you could lighten it a few ounces by trimming the ply, but the best way is to pick a light second handle, like from a cheapie snow shovel. My prototype was a light cheapie shovel as you can see and a fairly light hardwood and steel second handle from a broken garden spade, so it's not bad. <br> <br>The real advantage of this rig is the load it takes off your lower back from being able to use two hands at waist level, and even a large shovelfull of slushy snow was manageable - the end of the driveway where the city plow plowed us in. <br> <br>Free tip: use some car wax on the shovel blade to keep it slippery and light. <br> <br>Happi Trails! <br>
This is a clever idea. Thank you for publishing a useful idea. It is good for the general readership of Instructables that you used tools and methods available to all. I did an Instructable some time ago on replacing a cracked plastic handle on a snow shovel with one I welded up in about 45 minutes so I could finish shoveling fresh snow before breakfast one morning. That was a way to get a handle when I did not have any left over from a broken garden tool. But, not everyone has access to a welder.
Good idea!

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