Korean Style Hand Plough (Plow in American English)




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This is by far the most useful tool in my garden.

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.



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    Hi C&C,

    I made the two steel rings to fit tightly around the top and bottom to stop the handle from splitting. I simply made them slightly too small and belted them on with a hammer. You could probably just use a bit of pipe if you could find some the right size.

    I think this would work quite well for a walking staff. I have considered doing the same myself.

    All the best for your project. Please share some pictures when it's done. I'd love to see how it turns out.