Saturday, February 26, 2011

Building Disk Harrow for the Garden Tractor

I'm putting together a disk harrow for the Garden Tractor. I pick up these disks last fall cheap. I believe they are from and old David Bradley walk behind tractor. They are 12" in diameter. I will mount them on a steel bar with clasps. I want to be able to adjust the angle of the disks from +20 to -20 degrees. It will be 38" wide to match the width if the tractor. I will build a tonge and hitch to fit a standard garden tractor sleeve hitch. I want to make the tonge long enough that it will follow the tractor through the sharpest turns without making contact with the rear tires. This will also make it possible to be pulled with a ATV as well. Most small harrows need extra weight to dig. I'll make a tray on top so weight like cement blocks can be used. Well time to get busy. AH

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Building a Light Stand

Another project I started is building a simple light stand to start plants indoors. I have tried starting plants inside from seed with only limited success. The biggest problem is the stems will grow long and spindly trying the reach the light source such as a nearby window. This make the plants a target for failure. So I decided to try using a fluorescent light that can be adjust above the plants and be raised upward as they grow, until it's warm enough to move them outside. The goals is starting good strong plants that will survive. The light I have to work with is 48" long and two lights wide. A shorter wider light might be a better choice for space reasons. But I'm working with what I have. The stand will be made from old bed rails. With a little cutting and welding I have found old rails to have many uses. In the photo below you can see I have cut the necessary pieces to get started. Hope I can find some time this weekend to work on it. I can start the indoor seeds six week prior to the last freezing temperature. April 17th is the average last frost for my area. AH

Building a Wheel Hoe Progress - 3

I got the attachments for the Wheel Hoe put together. A 6" furrower, a sweep for weeding, and the tines for cultivating the soil. Now it just needs to be cleaned up, painted, and the handles water proofed. When the snow melts, and the ground is thawed out I'll post some photos of it working. More snow on the way for the next three days. Will spring ever come. AH : (