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Multi-use indestructible garden Tool

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 Originally I  made one of these in the 1980's from a picture I saw in a magazine. I figured it would be a good item to enter into the Indestructible and Jury -rig it, Contests. It has many uses around the garden and lawn. The 2013 edition has been updated so that it could be made in about half a day and cost around $10. Also it can be made with a few hand tools and a power drill.
It can be used to rake, hoe, as an edger, as a mounder, a weeder, a trencher and a tamperer.
 
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Step 1: Pictures of original one and the new one

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The Original one was cut out of 1/8' steel plate and the brackets were made out of angle iron.

Step 2: Shopping List

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1- FixPlak44 plate in the colour of your choice, my Hardware/Home Inprovement store had about 5 different colours.
2-FixPlak33 used for the brackets.
1- 2" x 1/4" bolt
2- 3/4" x 1/4' bolts
3- 1/4" nuts
4- 1/4" lock washers
2 -1/4" fender washers, these are the large ones used between the handle and the brackets.See picture.
4- 1/4' x 1" diameter washers.
6- 1/4" flat washers
1- 1/2" x 6" rigid conduit nipple(Not EMT), aluminum or steel. I had Aluminum on hand so that is what I used.
2- 1/2'" rigid conduit couplings.
Optional extra length handle:
1- length of threaded (one end only) 1/2" rigid conduit, you choose the length you need, Most Home improvement stores can cut and thread it for you for a small charge.
Some tape for the end of the conduit handle.

Tools needed:
Power drill, hammer, center punch, hacksaw, pencil, marker, 1/8'', 1/4' drill bits, metal file, bench mounted metal vice, 7/16" socket and wrench.

Step 3: Mark out the plate and handle brackets.

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Mark out the plate with a permanent marker and center punch holes to be drilled.
Mark brackets to be bent  for handles with a pencil.
opticalfx1 year ago
I think I'm going to have to make one for camping. Good instructable.
john pedersen (author)  opticalfx1 year ago
Thank you for the comment, I've done some small refinements which I will post soon.
Zaqq1 year ago
Cool, but, like others have said, how indestructible is it with those bolts? Still very cool though.
fadilos1 year ago
Nice work, i think it would be better to use stainless steel nut/bolt and put double nut on every bolt to avoid any nut loose with the time.
also a paint job is needed to avoid any coming rust specially because i always forget tools on my gerden when it start raining.
very nice, keep it goin'
john pedersen (author)  fadilos1 year ago
Hi,
Thank you for your comment,
The bolt and nut that attaches the handle to the rest of it is stainless steel, there are two lock nuts, one on each side of the handle bolt. The other bolts are just regular steel. I plan to paint it when it warms up outside. I use Rust-o-ileum and because of its contents only spray it outside.
thanks again,

john
bricobart1 year ago
Great idea! Try to weld it all together next time, it'll be even more indestructible!
john pedersen (author)  bricobart1 year ago
I don't have access to a welder anymore, I thought the bolt together method would make it easier for others to make. Thanks for the complement.
sdearmon1 year ago
This is awesome! I can't wait to make my own. Thanks for sharing.
john pedersen (author)  sdearmon1 year ago
Thank you!
caarntedd1 year ago
Nice work. Voted.
john pedersen (author)  caarntedd1 year ago
Thank you for your vote and kind comment!
rimar20001 year ago
Interesting tool, thanks for sharing.
john pedersen (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thank you!
Voted! Had one homemade of the kind, althoug suited more shovel-oriented, and i believe every tool designed as this is rock! Kudos
john pedersen (author)  HolyTracker1 year ago
Thanks for the vote and the comment!
Looks like one versatile tool, I need to try making one. Thanks for sharing.

Something I would add would be a wingnut for the "joint" for ease of fastening.
john pedersen (author)  Dominic Bender1 year ago
Thank you for your comment and suggestion, The wing nut would work as well, I found that with the number of washers that I used and their positioning along with tightening the nut and bolt quite tight makes changing position relatively easy and the handle stays in the position it is put in.