Homemade Garden Tools from Recycled Materials

Make these handy homemade garden tools using recycled saw blades and wooden handles.



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Drilling the end-slotted ash handle.
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Bending the bow-saw blade with the help of a torch.
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Applying epoxy cement.
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A sampling of honest, hardworking hand tools fashioned from scrap saw blades. From left to right, the Goose-Face Swythe; a twin-blade, in-row Sweeder; the highly functional Brush-Whacker; a diamond-head Sweeder; and a steel-reinforced stirrup-blade hoe Sweeder.
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After fastening and grinding the bolts, strengthening the working end with wire laid in a narrow loop along the neck and then wrapped to the loop eye, threaded and drawn under the coiled collar.
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The working surface of the author's Goose-Face Swythe has one toothed and one beveled business edge, like its namesake.
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Use the tang to shape the grips.
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Mark and cut the BrushWhacker outline.
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Use a hand or coping saw to cut them.
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The cutting edge isn't!
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Epoxy is forever.
JOHN VIVIAN
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A sampling of honest, hardworking hand tools fashioned from scrap saw blades. From left to right, the Goose-Face Swythe; a twin-blade, in-row Sweeder; the highly functional Brush-Whacker; a diamond-head Sweeder; and a steel-reinforced stirrup-blade hoe Sweeder.
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