The Rake and Take

Free PDF Plans to Make Your Own

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The arrival of fall means a lot of us will be raking clear lawns, sidewalks and backyards. Designer Louis J. Morton considered the back aching act of raking and then gathering leaves and set out to improve upon the chore with his cardboard cutout creation, The Rake and Take...

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Made out of any two reused 40' x 60' sheets of cardboard, the The Rake and Take saves paper by eliminating the need for extra garbage bags, alongside eliminating the need to stoop down to gather the fruits of your hard work. Just lift up the cardboard bin and dump into your trash (or hopefully, a compost).

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And now for the cool part: Anyone can make one, thanks to Louis J. Morton sharing a PDF plan, free for download! You'll need two sheets of cardboard (old fridge boxes work well) at least 40" X 60" in size, a T-square, pencil and exacto knife, and 45 minutes.

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