Sprinkling grass seed on the bare earth has a bad record of success with me, so I was looking for a way to aerate the lawn when I saw these aerator shoes on Amazon. I came close to buying them, but the negative reviews steered me away. Then I figured: why not build them?
So I did. Click through the gallery of pictures below to read through the steps I took - no results yet (although the intruder birds are well-fed) - but I'll update if the shoes are a success or if I have additional tips to share.
- 2 pieces of wood: a 1x4 and a 2x4. Both pieces will be the same length - which should be about 3 inches longer than the length of your foot. If your foot is 12 inches long, cut the pieces at 15 inches.
- a box of ten-penny nails
- a few feet of laundry line (or similar type crappy rope)
- wood glue (I used Titebond)
- clamps (for gluing)
- drill (I used a drill press and a cordless hand drill; this can be done with just a hand drill)
I did a bad job of taking pictures of the actual use of the aerator shoe, but it worked better than I might've thought (we'll see if grass grows in a couple weeks). I only made one, which was for the best since walking around on two would've been nearly impossible.
While overall the project was a success I think in the future, I think I'll make an aerator rake instead of a shoe. Having it on your foot is not the useful part of the design.