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Offline David R. Pennington

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Making stuff from junk
« on: May 09, 2019, 10:38:29 PM »
Old wrought iron wagon wheel hub band and plowshare into hatchet. It looks like it welded up nice but still a little hammer work, filing and heat treatment needed. I like welding them up this way sandwiched. I feel like I can draw the temper just a scosh harder than all steel.



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Offline Robert Wolfe

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2019, 01:30:14 AM »
Nice - I'll have to give that a shot.
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Offline Greg Pennell

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2019, 07:04:48 AM »
Iíve a small stack of plowshares in my stash...good to know they can be useful!

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Offline David R. Pennington

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2019, 01:55:26 PM »
They are generally good steel. I pick them up when I can at the flea markets. The wrought iron makes the job easier as it will stand more heat and protects the steel somewhat while youíre welding.
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Offline Bob Roller

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2019, 11:42:00 PM »

I am really good at making junk from perfectly good materials and have been
doing it for years. ;D

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Offline David R. Pennington

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2019, 12:00:13 AM »
Iíve done my share of that also Bob. I just donít take pictures of those jobs. The resident blacksmith at Heritage Farm recently did a big spring cleaning of the blacksmith shop. He said he gathered up a great pile of ďabortionsĒ tucked away all over the shop. (Projects aborted by apprentice smiths in which the material is ruined.)
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Offline heelerau

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2019, 02:27:05 AM »
That  will be a pretty neat job. I have a large collection of railway spike and some other bits and pieces. I would think old circular saw and chaff cutter blades would make good steel for axes too.
Keep yor  hoss well shod an' yor powdah dry !

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2019, 02:16:41 AM »
That's a really nice axe head. Thanks for sharing. That kind of gives me some ideas with a medal trade point.
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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2020, 06:59:49 AM »
Old thread i know. Make these from junk- old crowbars, RR spikes, Corolla springs, etc



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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2020, 08:44:48 PM »
Somebody gave me a couple of long sections of sawmill band saw blade. Boy, that and a couple of feet of old iron tire off of a buggy, sure make a nice laminated knife blade. It welds up easily, and is flexible, and holds a good edge.

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2020, 12:04:39 AM »
Nice to see my axes come out like your two bottom ones. I have lots of railway spikes to practise with fortunately
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Offline Bob Roller

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2020, 03:12:49 PM »
Nice to see  ;D ;Dmy axes come out like your two bottom ones. I have lots of railway spikes to practise with fortunately

Was this with permission from the railroad or? ;D ;D. I remember reading about
Trains being derailed so guns could be made from the steel somewhere in the world.
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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2020, 05:04:45 PM »
An area i hunt is bordered by tracks.   Itís surprising how many are lying between and alongside the tracks.   
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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2020, 04:21:23 AM »
My spikes came from decommissioned CN rail lines. Piles of them, couldn`t take them all

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2020, 01:52:03 PM »
Bob I think you are referring to Afganistan in the days of the British Raj.  The trucks bringing anhydrous ammonia to the plant where I work, would bring a bag of railway spikes that were from a rusted out 44 gal drum at the rail head about 20 miles south of the plant.  I will in fact fire up the forge early next week when my brother in law comes to stay for a day or two . More hoof picks and I will finish off the axes.
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Offline David R. Pennington

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Re: Making stuff from junk
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2020, 01:02:47 PM »
I have a bucket of spikes given to me by a rail road employee. Best use Iíve found for them is to make nail headers. I usually case harden the business end.
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