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 I keep all my tools sharpened. Work goes quicker and easier with sharp tools. I keep all my tools sharpened. Work goes quicker and easier with sharp tools.
  
-A shovel with a curved blade depends on its edge to easily penetrate tough soil, roots and other materials. Keep this edge sharp with regular cleaning and sharpening. Use a large file at about and match the angle of the file with the bevel on the blade, generally about a 30 degree angle to help the shovel keep its edge.+A shovel with a curved blade depends on its edge to easily penetrate tough soil, roots and other materials. Keep this edge sharp with regular cleaning and sharpening. Use a large file and match the angle of the file with the bevel on the blade, generally about a 30 degree angle to help the shovel keep its edge.
  
 <note tip>And don't leave good garden tools out in the weather where the wood dries out and the metal rusts!</​note>​ <note tip>And don't leave good garden tools out in the weather where the wood dries out and the metal rusts!</​note>​
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 {{ :​garden:​cultivate:​tools:​img_1436.jpg?​300|Sealing with Linseed oil brings out the beauty - and protects!}}Regular maintenance of wood handles by sealing with Linseed oil reduces the drying effects of moisture and sunlight and brings out their natural beauty. {{ :​garden:​cultivate:​tools:​img_1436.jpg?​300|Sealing with Linseed oil brings out the beauty - and protects!}}Regular maintenance of wood handles by sealing with Linseed oil reduces the drying effects of moisture and sunlight and brings out their natural beauty.
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 +For details see[[https://​www.motherearthnews.com/​diy/​best-wood-preservation-zb0z10zhun|this article on Mother Earth News]].
  
 During the off season I mix Linseed oil and paint thinner in equal parts and apply several light coats to the wooden handles of my tools. Linseed oil dries very slowly so I do this in warmer weather in a dry area.  ​ During the off season I mix Linseed oil and paint thinner in equal parts and apply several light coats to the wooden handles of my tools. Linseed oil dries very slowly so I do this in warmer weather in a dry area.  ​
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