Assembling your new 5 Star Clam Rake should take about 20 minutes. See our assembly instructions below:
Tools and Materials Needed
You will need to supply a handle. Our clam rakes ship without a handle to save shipping costs for oversized items. We recommend the following options.
- Aluminum pipe - Our favorite handle material is schedule 40 aluminum pipe with a diameter of either 3/4" (1.05" OD) or 1" (1.310" OD). Aluminum pipe is lightweight, will last forever in a salt water environment, and is available at a metals or plumbing supplier near you. Aluminum pipe is typically available in 10 ft. lengths and can be cut to the handle length that you prefer.
- Wooden broom handle / tool handles - Wood is the handle material that is most often used for clam rakes and will last a lifetime if kept dry when not in use. Typical wooden handle diameters are 1 in., 1-1/4 in., or 28mm. Replacement broom and tool handles are available at your local hardware store.
Aluminum clam rake tube - Yes, there is an aluminum tube material called "clam rake" and it can be found at your local metal supplier. Clam rake tubing comes in several different diameters and each diameter is designed to slide inside the next larger size. This allows for telescoping handles to be made from the material. This material is typically used for a different type of clam rake - tong style clam rakes - that can have handles that are 30' long or longer. Clam rake tube is typically 12 ft. long and available in outside diameters of 7/8 in., 1 in., 1-1/8 in., 1-1/4 in., 1-3/8 in., and 1-1/4 in. with a wall thickness of .060 in.
- Electrical Conduit (Electrical Metallic Tubing, EMT) - Electrical Conduit is a galvanized steel tube, comes in 10 ft. lengths, and is available in several different diameters. We recommend 3/4 in. (.992 in. OD) or 1 in. (1.163 in. OD). Electrical conduit is light weight and strong. Conduit is galvanized steel so it is corrosion and rust resistant but not as durable when exposed to salt water as Aluminum. If your conduit handle is rinsed with fresh water after every use, conduit will last a lifetime.
- A Drill - for drilling two 1/4 in. holes in the handle.
- A Hacksaw - for cutting the handle material to the proper length.
- A Tape Measure or Ruler - for centering the stainless steel rods in the handle and maintain tine spacing.
- Two 7/16 inch Open-End Wrenches or Adjustable Wrenches - for tightening the stainless steel nuts.
Step 1 - Cut the Handle to Length
Step 2 - Drill the Handle
Step 3 - Center Two of the Stainless Steel Threaded Rods
Step 4 - Add the Third Rod
Step 5 - Add Additional Tines
Step 6 - Finish By Installing the Two Outer "5-Star" Tines
Step 7 - Harvest a Delicious Meal of Clams