Instructables
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..
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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

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

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.
nerd74731 year ago
why not just use jb quick or weld?
iceng (author)  nerd74731 year ago
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 iceng1 year ago
I have epoxy and jb weld I could try this if I had a spike
iceng (author)  nerd74731 year ago
They can be found walking along a RR track.
nerd7473 iceng1 year ago
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)  nerd74731 year ago
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 iceng1 year ago
thinks for the info iceng
onrust1 year ago
Very cool. This would make a great addition to any room or porch.
iceng (author)  onrust1 year ago
Thanks for the compliment :)
bajablue2 years ago
This is awesome!

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.

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... ;)
Hammer it is then? lol
NO. I still say "Screw it!"... and your little cameras, too! ;-D
iceng (author)  bajablue1 year ago
Was a pony shelter with 8 tel pole grade upright columns.
Now a summer shade for our grand kiddy park
iceng (author)  bajablue2 years ago
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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WWC2 years ago
Very nice, looks great. I wonder how hard a RR spike is to hacksaw?
iceng (author)  WWC2 years ago
Thanks for your comment.  The Spikes I have, are easy to hacksaw by hand once the blade grabs.  .  A
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