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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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A friend recently brought me some railway spikes and asked if I could cut the ends off and turn a thread on the ends to use them as coat hangers! First of all I had to figure out a how to hold them in the lathe. The offset heads were too big to fit into the chuck. As you can see, I ended up fitting them pointed end first in the independent four jaw chuck. The first one was slow and a strain on my lathe getting the corners off. After that one I returned the rest of the spikes and asked him to grind off the corners. When I got them back the job was easy, bearing in mind that precision engineering wasn't required. I took these few shots.
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cut the end off and tap a machine thread to accept a hanger bolt...
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That's the way to do it! I have the lathe against the wall, and I don't know the last time I needed it! The hooks will work fine. Did He say how He was mounting them? A coat rack on a stand. My first thought, that He would mount it on a woodworking project, Coat rack! Done very nicely, Harry. I bet He is happy now!

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Nice job Harry but I would have done it the way Stick suggested. Drill a hole on the drill press and insert a stud. But then again, I'm not nearly as capable as you are with a lathe.

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never know this scrap can turn out so nice coat hanger. well done harry.Great job
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A strange request indeed, but you always rise to the challenge Harry and do a great job every time. It makes the lathe-less of us envious. (I tried saying that last sentence fast, three times and hurt myself.)

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Great result, Harry.

Keep this up and you have me buying a lathe.....NOT.......LOL.

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Because I'm self taught on the metal lathe a get quite a kick out of mastering problems. I hadn't thought of drilling the ends and tapping but even if I had, I doubt that I would have chosen that method, it wouldn't have given me the same satisfaction. They will be collected at the weekend and I'll ask for photos showing the end result. As I've said before, having metalworking and woodworking equipment really does make one self contained.

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Wow Harry! I don't know who I'm impressed with more... you, for the ability to make the spikes workable, or the person who asked you to do it, for the ingenuity/creativity of using the spikes as coat hangers! LOL Love that idea! (I would have to put them on wood and hang the plaque, living in an apartment)

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