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Old 12-06-2016, 07:35 PM
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Default DIY "Sampson" digger

A member (jwp1964) posted his digger in a thread here and it got my attention as a nice solid tool. I am a tool junkie, and also love to build and create. Disclaimer... I have yet to find anything with an MD and dig it out of the ground, but...Spring will come and I'm getting myself prepared to hunt and dig. So, I got my blanks sheared and hacked ( with my angle grinder) to a rough size from the pics and the info posted on the other thread. I'll clean them up and bend them at work tomorrow. Here's what I have so far...
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Old 12-06-2016, 08:10 PM
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Stainless, nice...

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Looks good ! Can't wait to see the finished product! Let me know if I can purchase one!

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Old 12-07-2016, 08:25 PM
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Got it bent today. I thought 30 degree angle down the middle was good. It doesn't look as sharp as the real one, but I'm happy so far. I love building things.I'll keep you posted.
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Looking good! Keep us posted please.

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Looking good! Keep us posted please.
I will for sure. I only have a few minutes here and there on breaks at work to get to work on my projects. Is there a popular opinion on a "t" handle vs a ball handle? I would like some constructive criticism willingly given and accepted. I'm here to learn too.
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How thick a the steel your using? Looks good so far.
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Looking good so far! Handle type is a personal preference I think. I like the T handle.

Are you going to notch it on both edges?

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How thick a the steel your using? Looks good so far.
I ended up using .125. not sure what gauge the original uses. I'm winging it by looking a pics.
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Originally Posted by BottleCapKing View post
Looking good so far! Handle type is a personal preference I think. I like the T handle.

Are you going to notch it on both edges?
I made 3 blades so I think I will make 1 a T handle, 1 a ball handle, and the other one short with a T handle. I was going to ask about popular opinion on the serrations. I might do the short with none and one and both on the others. Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow to bend the 3/4 round to mount to the blade.
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Hopefully I'll have time tomorrow to bend the 3/4 round to mount to the blade.
I checked my 33" Sampson T-handle, and the solid round stock that is welded directly to the blade is only 5/8" OD. Yours should be plenty stout with 3/4". Also, the main stem is 1" OD and the T-handle is 1.25" OD, just in case you were guessing.

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Originally Posted by Reef Runner View post
I checked my 33" Sampson T-handle, and the solid round stock that is welded directly to the blade is only 5/8" OD. Yours should be plenty stout with 3/4". Also, the main stem is 1" OD and the T-handle is 1.25" OD, just in case you were guessing.
Thank you. That is good to know. 5/8 I can bend in the brake. 3/4 I have to torch and muscle. Might just use the 3/4 anyway. I just hope this thing don't weigh a ton.
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Thank you. That is good to know. 5/8 I can bend in the brake. 3/4 I have to torch and muscle. Might just use the 3/4 anyway. I just hope this thing don't weigh a ton.
Weight is a factor.....lighter the better.....as long as the strength is still there. Looks like you have things, well under control.

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I should have a couple of pics to report tomorrow. Won't be done yet though. Limited time at work.
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I got the goosenecks bent and welded in place. I think it will be easier to sharpen and serrate them before I attach the handles. Hopefully next week I can get the handles done and get them powder coated.
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Nice work !

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Nice work !
Thank you. I love these kind of projects. Useful things that last. I'm thinking I'll have the whole thing powder coated a silver grey. What do you think? Or would black be better?
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Originally Posted by oblivion321 View post
Thank you. I love these kind of projects. Useful things that last. I'm thinking I'll have the whole thing powder coated a silver grey. What do you think? Or would black be better?
Make it your colors ! I think the factory models are some kind of grey (?). I sprayed mine "rain slicker" yellow, which makes it very easy to spot, late in the evening I wish I could have powder coated it, but not really available to me.

You are really doing some amazing work, and before you know it, you will have three great shovels. I admire your work!

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