Down and dirty

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Project by mtenterprises posted 05-12-2013 12:15 PM 1845 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes it’s not about fine woodworking. It’s about quick, cheap and utilitarian and that is what this soil sifter is . Quick about an hour. Cheap made from a piece of poplar skid wood that was way too cupped to use for anything else but a gutter. And since it’s utilitarian who cares what it looks like as long as it works to sift soil for new plantings.


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#1 posted 05-12-2013 12:38 PM

Mike certainly looks like ti it will serve its purpose. I know a few folks into archeology that would like something this size to shift dirt.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 12:55 PM

I’ve got one of those too

-- Tony, Colorado, [email protected]

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 01:31 PM

I use something like this when I do turnings. People like the shaving and that way I can let all the dust go into a box and save the bigger shaving.
People just love the cedar shavings and that is what I work with a lot.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#4 posted 05-12-2013 02:02 PM

I have one with a few more years on it that still comes in handy. Just remember where you put it after the
spring planting is done, so you will not have to spend too much time looking for it next time, not that I did
just do that you understand.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 04:19 PM

looks nice should work very well

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 05:17 PM

Hey! I was just thinking about making a new one of these today! Time to turn the compost bin again.

I put my old one, which finally fell apart last year, on top of the wheel barrow so I can transport the clean dirt all over the gardens without moving it twice.

I swear I was a big fat earth worm in a previous life….I love gardening and dirt!

Happy Mother’s day everyone!

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#8 posted 05-12-2013 06:19 PM

I made one very similar to this, except on mine I used too small of hardware wire, so it doesn’t sift as well as I’d like.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 05-12-2013 10:47 PM

Wait, you mean it’s sometimes about fine woodworking? ;)

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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