This Railroad Spike Hanger is an easy instructable..
Yes... it has simple welding step a friend can do for you..

And looks cool like a Spike barely touching a beam and
then any kind of fun LED lantern makes the illusion perfect.

I'm making one more for my friend..

Step 1: What You Need

An Iron Railroad Spike
A 3/8" Lag Bolt.. I had a lag eye

A Hack Saw $ 3.99 each
Metal 24TPI ( Teeth Per Inch ) Hacksaw Blades  $5.99 PACK OF 10.
An 8" flat Metal File $1.99 each
A Wire Brush $1.49 each
A 3/8" Spade Bit  under $1.50
A 6" or bigger Adjustable Wrench under $4.00

If you don't have a welder, ask a friend or have a local shop do it for you.
This is a quick weld job and should be bottom dollar by a welding shop.

Step 2: Cut and Prep the Lag Screw

Place the Lag bolt firmly in a vice and use a hacksaw with a 24 TPI ( a good ) metal cutting blade
and cut the Lag bolt about a 1/4" above the threads..

Now take a file to both sides of the stub forming it to a flat point as the fifth and sixth pictures show.

This prepares the Lag screw for easy welding..


The sharp end of the spike needs a small V cut into it to capture the Lag bolt.

Simply cut the V into it using the hacksaw and maybe use the file to adjust a fit into it.

This makes the welding a snap for anyone.


Here you want to join the Railroad Spike to a Lag Bolt..
  • Use the metal brush to clean the RR Spike Tip around the V.
  • Weld the Lag bolt in the Spike  Tip V on four sides
  • Grind away the unnecessary extra metal
  • Clean the result.

Or Use Some J-B WELD SteelStick Epoxy Putty..
  • Cut a groove along the V of the RR Spike Tip.
  • Cut cross grooves both sides of the Lag bolt peak.
  • Mix 3/4" of the Epoxy Putty.
  • Apply the putty to all contact surfaces.
  • Overlap the Lag bolt with the Spike.
  • And let it harden..


To mount the Railroad Spike on a suitable post or 2x4 stud.

Use a 3/8" wood or spade drill at about a 15° down angle and
drill a hole, just short of the threaded Lag bolt segment length.

Screw the Lag Railroad Spike, helped along by a wrench into the hole.
Stop when the Railroad Spike Tip is hook-up and just touching the wall.

Finally... Hang a Lamp on the Spike Hook...

Men do seem to notice the incongruity of the suspension first  :-)
why not just use jb quick or weld?
Welding is the stronger of the methods and actually requires less preparatory work.<br> The metal joint distributes the torque stress evenly across the metal junction.<br> <br> I do provide the information to make the a sturdy epoxy joint possible<br> for those who are not welding their spike.&nbsp;<br> Epoxy,&nbsp; if too thin,&nbsp; can start a crack and tear when being torqued into a new wood hole.<br> <br> A<br> <br>
I have epoxy and jb weld I could try this if I had a spike
They can be found walking along a RR track.
thanks for the tip I know where a railroad track is but I have no idea if there will be one or not
You go for an hours walk on a remote rail area<br> and see if some of the spikes jumped out of the track.<br> Which regularly happens on a well used path.<br> <br> Or if you see a working fix wagon just ask for a few used ones<br> they may give you more then you can carry.
thinks for the info iceng
Very cool. This would make a great addition to any room or porch.
Thanks for the compliment :)
This is awesome! <br> <br>Do you think JB Weld would be a viable option for those who don't weld or know a welder?
You could also cut off the tip of the spike and drill a hole the size of the lag down the center, then insert a longer segment of the screw into it. It would work well for JB weld. <br> <br>On the other hand you could just hammer it into the wall... You own a log cabin right?
It's a log house... and how did you know that?
Oh you know, secret government cameras and all that... ;) <br>Hammer it is then? lol
NO. I still say &quot;Screw it!&quot;... and your little cameras, too! ;-D
Was a pony shelter with 8 tel pole grade upright columns.<br> Now a summer shade for our grand kiddy park
Sure if the scoring is performed to give the epoxy the purchase strengh to attach itself to the metals.<br> Do understand that it won't be as strong as a weld.<br> But a lamp hanger will work with the promised 900 PSI on the package..<br> <br> A
Very nice, looks great. I wonder how hard a RR spike is to hacksaw?
Thanks for your comment.&nbsp; The Spikes I have, are easy to hacksaw by hand once the blade grabs.&nbsp; .&nbsp; A<br>

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