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BentheViking

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08-26-2017 02:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip rustic spike

A few months ago my daughter and I were out on a hike at a state park and I found this spike on the ground. It was pretty close to the parking lot so kind of surprised no one had picked it up before and while it its certainly patina’d I don’t think its truly that old (but maybe it could be). Now that I’ve got it I have no idea what to do with it.

The head is probably about 3/4” long and the overall length is maybe 5”

At first I thought a handle on a drawer or door, but I don’t have any projects like that planned and don’t have much in terms of metal working tools to be able to adapt it. Right now the best I have as an idea is a piece of shadow box wall art using various species of lumber (like my night stand) and then putting the nail on it. I don’t hate the idea, but don’t love it and am hoping someone else can lend a bit of inspiration.

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splintergroup

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#1 posted 08-26-2017 02:48 PM

Railroad spike. Could be any age since they stayed basically the same for decades.

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#2 posted 08-26-2017 03:35 PM

I like the shadow box idea. Perhaps …

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 08-26-2017 03:37 PM

Cool idea, Ron.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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papadan

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#4 posted 08-26-2017 09:35 PM

That one is probably from the late 1800s. Those spikes are made of some tough stuff and takes a long time to get that much rusted away. You can use it as a show piece, or grind a new chisel end on it and use it as a chisel.

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 08-26-2017 09:39 PM

Coat / hat/ stuff hook? I just salvaged 5 off a job myself.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 08-27-2017 09:38 PM

Old railroad spikes are fairly easy to find along tracks as they don’t always retrieve them after replacement with new ones. I have found several but never thought of keeping them as collectors items since they are pretty common. Like someone else said, that sample is probably quite old because of its condition.

I have also found several short segments of track at different times but, regrettably, I didn’t save them. They make an excellent alternative to an anvil for doing metal work.

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Carloz

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#7 posted 08-28-2017 01:13 AM

Tie a rope to it and wear is as a talisman. Might come handy if your train gets delayed because the railroad maintenance crew are short one spike. Come out forward like a hero and pass them your treasured find!

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#8 posted 08-28-2017 04:18 AM



A few months ago my daughter and I were out on a hike at a state park and I found this spike on the ground. It was pretty close to the parking lot so kind of surprised no one had picked it up before and while it its certainly patina d I don t think its truly that old (but maybe it could be). Now that I ve got it I have no idea what to do with it.

The head is probably about 3/4” long and the overall length is maybe 5”

At first I thought a handle on a drawer or door, but I don t have any projects like that planned and don t have much in terms of metal working tools to be able to adapt it. Right now the best I have as an idea is a piece of shadow box wall art using various species of lumber (like my night stand) and then putting the nail on it. I don t hate the idea, but don t love it and am hoping someone else can lend a bit of inspiration.

- BentheViking


It was probably still laying there because most parks say it’s illegal to bring out anything you didn’t bring in.

where I live it’s even illegal to take a small piece of driftwood off the beach.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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TheFridge

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#9 posted 08-28-2017 04:52 AM

I think you can use it to kill Jason like on the Friday the 13th movies.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 09-20-2017 06:50 PM

rectal probe

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papadan

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#11 posted 09-20-2017 07:00 PM



rectal probe

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