How To Sharpen & Treat A Shovel
A shovel is a cutting device – and an earth moving device. And, it is so easy to take shovels for granted. If you want maximum efficiency and the least expenditure of your energy, sharpening and treating your shovel is the way to go.
You need to sharpen the edge, coat the metal and oil the handle.
- Mount the shovel to your workbench with the pointed end facing away from you and pointed up. Using a 45 degree angle, pass a 10 inch mill file across the digging edge until you have a nice shiny edge. Turn the shovel over and repeat the process on the other side.
- Clean the metal surface and apply a thin coat of oil or car wax.
- At least once a season, coat the wooden handle with linseed oil.