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I just added a BB to the Straw level (hopefully Paul doesn't mind) for "pick, mattock or other tough earth working tool".  So I'd take pictures for before, during and after and once someone creates that BB you can submit it there.  
 
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I used linseed oil on this shovel after it was sharpened and the rust was removed.  You can tell I've had it for a very long time from the wear patters at the tip (and that the primary user is left handed).    
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Old gross shovel
Old gross shovel
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Removing rust
Removing rust
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Finished
Finished
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Here is my pre-unrusted shovel.



I steel-wooled it, put in vinegar overnight, sanded it, steel-wooled it again, then used an angle grinder on the back to create a bevel that is very edge-like but not quite an edge.

Here is the steel-wooling.



Here is the new edgy-but-not-an-edge:



Oiling it down with boiled linseed oil:



The completed shovel.  Please note that the black stuff is factory paint.  I got a lot of little bits of that off but I thought I'd leave the large sections.



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This was a fun one. The shovel is more than ready for the spring now. I used olive oil to coat it as not much else is around that isn't derived from dead dinosaurs (fossil fuels).
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Rusty...
Rusty...
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and rusty back too
and rusty back too
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Cleaner now (black spots is paint from factory)
Cleaner now (black spots is paint from factory)
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Sharpening! Love making sparks fly
Sharpening! Love making sparks fly
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Sharper edge
Sharper edge
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This should have been at the beginning, oops. Edge before sharpening.
This should have been at the beginning, oops. Edge before sharpening.
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Cleaned, sharpened and oiled!
Cleaned, sharpened and oiled!
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