Introduction: Multi-use Indestructible Garden Tool
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.
Step 1: Pictures of Original One and the New One
The Original one was cut out of 1/8' steel plate and the brackets were made out of angle iron.
Step 2: Shopping List
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.
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.
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.
Step 4: Drill Holes and Bend Handle Brackets.
Using the 1/8" bit drill pilot holes, I drilled all the holes with it first, it makes drilling larger holes easier with a pilot hole.
Using the 1/4" bit enlarge the 4 outside edge holes on the brackets and drill the handle bracket holes on the large plate. Also drill the hole at the bottom of the "V" cut out.
I forgot to take a picture when folding the brackets, so just put them in a vice just a bit above the pencil line you drew, tighten the vice and hammer them over to a 90 degree angle.
They should turn out like shown in the picture.
Screw the couplings tightly onto the 6" conduit nipple, 3/4' up from the bottom of one of them (see photo) center punch and drill a 1/4" hole straight though both sides.
Step 5: Cutting and Filing
Cut as indicated with a hacksaw and file all sharp/ ragged edges down.
Also file down the edge opposite the V cut out this is for the "edger"
Step 6: Assmembly
Take one of the 3/4" bolts add a flat washer, put through hole of plate, add one bracket, another washer, lock washer and nut. Tighten using a couple of 7/16' wrenches.
Do the same with the other bracket.
Take the 2" long bolt add a lock washer 1"washer, put though hole of one bracket, then through holes of the handle, another fender washer, through the other bracket hole add a 1" washer, lock washer and the nut. Tighten the nut up so that the handle stays in what ever position you move it to. If it is hard to move the handle that's how tight it should be. You can always place it on the floor to move the handle.
Alternatively you could mount the handle to the brackets then attach them to the plate, In hindsight this is how I should've done it but both ways work.
Step 7: Using the Garden Tool.
A hoe opposite edge to the rake,
An edger fold handle so it is parallel to the plate, you can trim grass along a sidewalk with it,
A mound maker ( for lack of a better term).
A weeder, use the pointy edge that is the part between the "V" notch and the Rake.
A trenching tool, use the opposite part of the "V" notch to dig a small trench or row.
A tamper to tamp down earth around a plant.