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How To Make A Fishtail Spade
Fishtail spades have a flat, flared, triangular blade that combines the traits of a traditional Dutch hoe with an ordinary round-point shovel. The result? A versatile, multi-purpose tool.
You can use it for hoeing, edging, transplanting, chopping roots, and other earth-moving garden tasks. Many gardeners also use them as a standard shovel to lift turf, toss stones, and even hack through brambles.
Itís possible to make a fishtail spade from an ordinary shovel with a few simple cuts. The farming blog Earthfarm.ca lays out clear instructions.
First, take a standard pointed shovel and draw two chalk lines along the blade at a diagonal to form a tail. Connect them with a line across the bottom to create a flat edge. Ideally, the tool should have a front edge thatís about 6 in. wide with side edges 9 in. to 10 in. long, with a 3-in. throat where it connects to the handle.
Angle grinders with a thin kerf-cutting blade work well for making these initial cuts. Then, use a grinding disc for back beveling on the back and side edges. The finished spade will have three working edges and two working surfaces. It will be lightweight and well-balanced, so you can use it with one or both hands.
The result is a custom tool thatís light enough to use all day and versatile enough to tackle almost any garden task. Says Earth Farm, ďIt does 80 percent of outdoor jobs 100 percent well.Ē
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Earth Farm (www.earthfarm.ca/).

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2023 - Volume #47, Issue #1