I've seen RR spikes made into knives and tomahawk heads. I contemplated using
them as anvil hold-downs as well.
In general they should be left in the junkyard until you need them. If you
go walk along any stretch of any railroad track you will soon find enough
used spikes for any conceivable need. So there is no need to stockpile them.
I live near a railroad line and walk on it a lot. I've made a few things
from railroad steel, nothing special.
"HR" RR spikes are 30-40 points of carbon. A little low for a decent knife.
I've done tomahawks and a light adz that turned out pretty well. I've made
flowers out of them and coat hooks.
The head of the spikes formed into a 4 petal flower head reminiscent of a
poppy. The opposite tip is formed into a leaf and the middle is drawn down
into a thin stem. Right in the middle I make a V bend and forge weld, so I
end up with a pointed end that splits off into a leaf and a flowered stem. I
get a interesting chunk of wood, drill a hole in it, and stick the pointed
end in. Then I have a RR spike flower in a wood base. I think I might have
a picture somewhere, but it would take some serious looking. Drawing out the
stem portion is done quickest with a power hammer.
I hope that helps.
Well that's not even a contest. Big difference in the carbon content there.
You cant knock spikes for being highly available and mildly hardenable
though. Just have to be prepaired to sharpen them up frequently.
<< > I got some RailRoad Spikes from the junkyard. What can I make from
I've made a couple of interesting beer bottle openers. >><BR><BR>
Hey, I'd like to see that.
I could make one for my brother, he is a train nut,
models, N-scale, but does drink beer. A railroad spike beer bottle opener
would be just the thing for him.
Spoon, cup, bowl, planishing stakes. Dime a dozen, and easily shaped,
too. I grind the HC and/or lines off, pound em in a stump, finish grind
hammer marks and to final shape; work with wet SC 100 grit to 440 or 600
grit. Polished mirror bright, and using a like hammer, Souvenier spoons
come out looking good.
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