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
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
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.
Step 4: WELD IRON SPIKE to LAG BOLT THREAD
- 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
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 :-)