Great for weeding and working the soil, the design dates back centuries.
Seeing how simple this ancient design was I decided to make my own. I am a cheapskate after all.
I used materials that I found lying around. Steel plate, re-bar, a tree branch. I used my welder, a grinder, hammer and a bit of railway line for an anvil.
I just cut out the steel plate to approximately the right shape and welded it to a re-bar shaft, and then belted it with the hammer until it was the right shape. Then I attached a handle made from an ergonomically appropriate stick of wood.
To install the handle to the shaft I first drilled a hole into the handle for the shaft that was just a bit too small. Then I heated the shaft to red hot in a fire and plunged the handle into the hole. It burnt its way into position - a perfect fit.
I put a bit of steel around each end of the handle to stop it splitting and that's about it.
I hope you enjoy making and using one of these fantastic tools. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
If you have any questions please post them, I will be more than happy to respond.