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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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I used a few approaches to clean the shovel. sandpaper,a paint removing wheel. water.
sharpened with a file

Oiled with Tung Oil
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dull shovel
dull shovel
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Another of the dull shovel
Another of the dull shovel
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Action shot of me filing the edge
Action shot of me filing the edge
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oiled with tung oil
oiled with tung oil
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oil applied
oil applied
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Oil applied
Oil applied
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Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Sharpen, Clean and Oil a Shovel BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - pic of dull or rusty shovel
  - action pic
  - pic of clean, sharp shovel
  - describe the oil used to protect the metal: boiled linseed oil was used to oil the shovel
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Front of Muddy Shovel
Front of Muddy Shovel
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back
back
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Angle grinder with wire brush to clean
Angle grinder with wire brush to clean
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angle grinder with grinding disk to sharpen shovel
angle grinder with grinding disk to sharpen shovel
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file to finish
file to finish
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boiled linseed oil
boiled linseed oil
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front - clean, sharp & oiled
front - clean, sharp & oiled
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back - clean and oiled
back - clean and oiled
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bevel edge - sharpened shovel
bevel edge - sharpened shovel
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Note: Can you show a better image of the edge showing how sharp it is?

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First time shovel sharpener here.  Honestly, I don't think I ever would have thought to do it unless I came across this BB!  It makes sense though with all the roots I've had to cut through when pulling some dead bushes earlier this year.
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You dirty dirty shovel
You dirty dirty shovel
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No edge at all, never been sharpened.
No edge at all, never been sharpened.
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Sharpening with an angle grinder
Sharpening with an angle grinder
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I finished it up with a file and some sandpaper just for some smoothness
I finished it up with a file and some sandpaper just for some smoothness
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Put some boiled linseed oil on it to prevent rust
Put some boiled linseed oil on it to prevent rust
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All finished! Feels good to be getting my tools sharpened and cleaned!
All finished! Feels good to be getting my tools sharpened and cleaned!
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Mike Barkley approved this submission.

 
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I just replaced the handle on this old, English-made shovel. It's been a good workhorse for us, so I thought I'd treat it to a sharpening and oiling while oiling the new haft. The material is a mixture of beeswax and grapeseed oil, applied hot (a traditional French recipe for wood paste, but works for tons of things). Much nicer now!
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Dirty, rusty shovel being cleaned and sharpened
Dirty, rusty shovel being cleaned and sharpened
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Sharp shovel being oiled
Sharp shovel being oiled
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Note: FYI ... this pic is good enough for shovels but will need to show much better detail for knives, axes, etc.

 
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Would it count to do this with a trowel? I think it would be helpful for the tool's utility, but all the other submissions have been full sized shovels.
 
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I think it's gotta be a shovel...
 
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