I had to come up with an invention for a program I was going to. So because of all the snow and all the shoveling, I decided to make shoes that will shovel as you walk. All you will need to make your very own snow shovel shoes are an old pair of shoes, 6 inches of pvc pipe that is 3 inches in diameter, hot glue or any other strong glue, a bit of sandpaper, a dremel or rotary tool, a drill, and a hack saw. Let's get started!
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Step 1: Measuring and Cutting the PVC Pipe
Measure 6 inches end to end of PVC pipe and cut with a hack saw. Next, draw a straight line down the pipe. I actually drew my line across the lettering on my pipe so I know that it is straight. If you have a band saw then you could cut your pipe in half with that. But if you a bandsaw isn't available, then just cut down as far as you could go and cut down to the middle from the other side. In my case, I could only cut 3 inches down the pipe, so I made my pipe six inches so that I could cut down 3 inches on the other side so I could meet in the middle. If your hack saw could cut down 4 inches, then make your pipe 8 inches. Its really up to you to decide how long your pipe will be. Now, sand the pipe. I only sanded because the PVC pipe I had was a little rough. I used 80 grit and then finished with 150 grit.
Step 2: Fitting the PVC Pipe
To fit the PVC piping around the toe of your shoe, trace an oval-like shape onto the centers of the halves of the PVC pipe. Use a drill bit to drill this oval shape out. I drilled twice in each oval and I cleaned out the middle part with dremel. Repeat this step with your other PVC pipe half.
Step 3: Gluing Everything Together
Heat up your hot glue gun for this step. Fit the toe of your shoe into the oval you cut out of your PVC pipe. Try to push the PVC pipe as far down onto the toe of your shoe as possible so that its a tight fit. Hot glue this in place. I also Hot glued the toe of the shoe completely on the front so it is somewhat waterproof. Also glue the backside to make sure that the PVC pipe doesn't break off. Glue your other pipe to your other shoe. Let them dry completely before putting them on otherwise they might fall apart if the glue isn't cool to the touch. Please vote for me in the "Snow Contest" if voting is still open. If not, then please rate, follow, and leave comments.
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