Make the worn edge of an aluminum shovel straight and square again in about 15 minutes. You only need a jigsaw and a file or belt sander.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2011
Cut the tip straight and square with a jigsaw. Then smooth the edge with a file or belt sander.
Aluminum grain shovels are perfect for snow shoveling, or as a substitute for
a big dustpan in your shop. The only drawback is that the soft aluminum edge
wears out and gets bent, making shoveling more difficult. Here's an easy fix.
Make a straight line across the blade with a piece of masking tape. Then saw
along the tape with a jigsaw and a metal-cutting blade to straighten the front
edge of the shovel. If you want, you can polish and sharpen the edge slightly
with a belt sander.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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