uses for railroad spikes?

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  1. bigbowiesrock

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    Hey guys. looking through my supplies the other day and i realized iv'e got a couple of wooden crates of railroad spikes. and, sadly, not the "hc"stamped ones that make good knives. Any ideas for stuff that could be made , or uses for the things?:33:
     
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    Dad used to weld them together to make "people shaped" bookends.
     
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    redneck weights! lol

    weight on a trot or jug....every try turtle? get a jug tie off some bank line to it so it touches the bottom tie off the weight on the end then tie off a line just above the weight with a good strong J hook and put some tuff meat on it (dont eat sliders they don't got much meat and I dunno if they are legal to harvest)
     
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    well if your handy with fire and hammers ya can make hawks, blades or multi purpose tools like a small pick axe or somthing to that effect
     
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    I made this for my boys room awhile back
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    Too cool! I need to go walk the tracks!
     
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    A buddy of mine uses them for decoy weights for ducks and geese. They work surprisingly well.

    I really like that coat rack.
     
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    I use them as starters when splitting wood sometimes.
     
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    I cut the heads off and weld my hardy tools to em, the spike fits perfect in my hardy hole.
     
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    I use a sharpened one for fleshing and working hides. The head works well for helping to break in a stiff hide. I also have used them to hold splits open when ripping timber.
     
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    I made this last year as part of a challenge
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    polish the head and use it as a stake (anvil) for hammering spoons (eating and fishing) and jewelry
     
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    While I don't think they make the best knife, they are interesting to make a knife from and people request them. I have been slitting a grove in them for a spring steel insert to weld in. That gives it a better edge if you end up going that route.

    Otherwise, they do make cool coat hooks like bushtramp shows. We use to make individual coat hooks by beating out the shank to make the curved part hook and the chisel faces in the spike head. Sorry, no photos available.
     
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    If you will do a google search you will find all kinds of things. Place settings, cooking utensils, snakes, lamps, tools, just to mention a very few. I have seen some that people have heated the head and using a punch and chisel have carved faces in them. The list goes on and on.
     
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    thanks, fellas. that coat rack is SWEET. I will try a couple of ideas from your suggestions(and yes, I'm doing one of those coat racks).try to post a couple of pics to show off the progress..
     
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    You could make some real heavy duty tent stakes.
     

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