How to Build a Hay Rake

Hay rakes are used on farms for raking straw and hay.

Oak boards dowels are often used for making hay rakes.Oak boards dowels are often used for making hay rakes.
Hay rakes are made out of either metal or wood. Both materials have the same function and in most cases, the same durability, when used to make rakes. An aluminum rake will be lighter than a wood rake, but the cost of materials for a wood hay rake will be less than the material cost for an aluminum rake. Building your own hay rake isn't a complicated task. It can be done within a few hours spent at a workbench.

Drill a 1 1/2-inch deep, 1-inch-diameter hole in the center of the 32-inch board. The center of the hole is 16 inches away from each end of the board and 1 inch away from each edge.

Glue the 60-inch dowel into the hole and let it dry according to the instructions on the bottle.

Drill 31, 3/16-inch holes that are 1 inch deep into the board. These holes are perpendicular to the 1-inch hole and their centers are spaced 1-inch apart. The centers are also 1 inch away from the 32-inch edges of the board.

Glue a 3/16-inch dowel into each of the holes and let the glue dry. The middle dowel will be glued into the 1-inch dowel. This will help prevent the 1-inch dowel from moving, even if the glue doesn't hold.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure
  • Oak board, 2-by-2-by-32 inches
  • Oak dowel, 1-by-60 inches
  • 31 oak dowels, 3/16-by-4 inches
  • Drill
  • Drill bit, 1-inch
  • Drill bit, 3/16-inch
  • Wood glue

About the Author

Brandon Salo is a world-traveling writer, musician, medical technician and English teacher. After earning his degree at Northern Michigan University, he traveled the world while writing, performing as a jazz pianist and teaching English. In 2014 he worked as an emergency medical technician in New York state before he left to travel the world while finishing his first book.