Introduction: SPIKED RR LAMP HANGER

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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

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

HAND TOOLS :
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


WELDING :
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

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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..

Step 3: PREPARE THE RAILROAD SPIKE TIP

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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.

Step 4: WELD IRON SPIKE to LAG BOLT THREAD

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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..

Step 5: USING THE SPIKE OUTDOORS

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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  :-)

Comments

nerd7473 (author)2013-09-10

why not just use jb quick or weld?

iceng (author)nerd74732013-09-10

Welding is the stronger of the methods and actually requires less preparatory work.
The metal joint distributes the torque stress evenly across the metal junction.

I do provide the information to make the a sturdy epoxy joint possible
for those who are not welding their spike. 
Epoxy,  if too thin,  can start a crack and tear when being torqued into a new wood hole.

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nerd7473 (author)iceng2013-09-10

I have epoxy and jb weld I could try this if I had a spike

iceng (author)nerd74732013-09-10

They can be found walking along a RR track.

nerd7473 (author)iceng2013-09-11

thanks for the tip I know where a railroad track is but I have no idea if there will be one or not

iceng (author)nerd74732013-09-11

You go for an hours walk on a remote rail area
and see if some of the spikes jumped out of the track.
Which regularly happens on a well used path.

Or if you see a working fix wagon just ask for a few used ones
they may give you more then you can carry.

nerd7473 (author)iceng2013-09-13

thinks for the info iceng

onrust (author)2013-04-24

Very cool. This would make a great addition to any room or porch.

iceng (author)onrust2013-04-24

Thanks for the compliment :)

bajablue (author)2012-08-28

This is awesome!

Do you think JB Weld would be a viable option for those who don't weld or know a welder?

Presentteck (author)bajablue2013-03-10

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.

On the other hand you could just hammer it into the wall... You own a log cabin right?

bajablue (author)Presentteck2013-03-10

It's a log house... and how did you know that?

Presentteck (author)bajablue2013-03-10

Oh you know, secret government cameras and all that... ;)
Hammer it is then? lol

bajablue (author)Presentteck2013-03-11

NO. I still say "Screw it!"... and your little cameras, too! ;-D

iceng (author)bajablue2013-03-10

Was a pony shelter with 8 tel pole grade upright columns.
Now a summer shade for our grand kiddy park

iceng (author)bajablue2012-08-28

Sure if the scoring is performed to give the epoxy the purchase strengh to attach itself to the metals.
Do understand that it won't be as strong as a weld.
But a lamp hanger will work with the promised 900 PSI on the package..

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WWC (author)2012-08-27

Very nice, looks great. I wonder how hard a RR spike is to hacksaw?

iceng (author)WWC2012-08-27

Thanks for your comment.  The Spikes I have, are easy to hacksaw by hand once the blade grabs.  .  A

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