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How long was the rivet?
I finally found this video and it was exactly what I had been looking for. Well done and easy to grasp the concepts and surprising just how large a set of tongs can be made just from 2 spikes.Love it.
Wow! Just fucking....WOW!
This video is fantastic! Thank you!
What hammer weight did you use here?
@Joey van der Steeg Oh ok so not so heavy... It looked bigger. I have a 3 lb cross-peen I prefer for general use, so I'll give it a try with that. Thank you for the awesome tutorial! I have kept a bucket full of these spikes around for years intending to do knives with them, but a set of tongs made from (roughly) 1045 steel would be nice, as they'd be a bit stronger than mild steel.
Around 2.5 to 2.75lbs
It takes me five heats just to get the the head of the spike to square up , I think what I'm seeing is that he's bringing that thing up to forge welding heat , I'm to nervous for that but I'm going to try tonight , it's rediculouse how much time I see that I have been wasting
Lots of spikes around here along old abandoned dismantled tracks. Going to go get more. Looks like excellent material to practice with.
Nice work there who'd ever think that a railroad spike would do that. Well now I got to walk along side the train tracks and pick up some railroad spikes they're everywhere in the area where I live. They recently changed the ties and there's a bunch of spikes laying around.
You sir are an artist. Inspired me to follow my unexplicable urge to forge
EXCELLENT!! You make it look so effortless,really like your work and videos,MORE,MORE,MORE!!
Would you make a pair like these to sell?
Thank you very much! I do sell these on demand. Contact me: TechnicusJoe@gmail.com
VERY nice anvil by the way!
Why does it have long pointy handles?
You are real good I get tired fast when I make stuff . I like your anvil and tongs.Bye
Nice tongs, bro ! My favorite!
Didn't realize that there is that much steel in a railroad spike.
How far from 1st set down and the 2nd please?
Keep up the great work!
it should be legal to collect railroad spikes from the tracks. Me and my friend got 41 lbs of railroad spikes and a 21 lb tie plate ; it was a lot of fun walking home with all that weight
Yes and if they catch you there is no playing stupid or saying your an artist or blacksmith , to them it's stealing considering they have magnets that recover all the steel off the tracks and they themselves scrap it and get a return on they're investment of the lost spikes and other steel laying around that was not salvaged
It's legal to buy some at a salvage or metal yard. It's illegal to take from existing tracks.
a beautiful tong. really nice job.
Thought you were going to make tongs to hold the curved head of the spike. I didn't think you could make a regular bolt tong out of a spike. Was very impressed. Your as much a artist as a working blacksmith. I learned something there. Thx
Thank you very much, Donald!
I really like your Anvil, what kind is it?
Nick Freed It's a drop forged steel Original PFP Peddinghaus anvil.No longer produced.
How the heck do you do that at the beginning without the tip fish lipping?!
You have to hit hard enough. If you hit too soft, you will only move the outer layer of the material, and not the core - resulting in fish lipping.If you hit hard enough, you will move the core too, resulting in no fish lips.
That's outstanding Joey,
Been watching your videos for a while, but I just noticed that you're ambidextrous.
As always, beautiful work. Do you work both halves of the tongs in the same stages or do you complete one half then the other? I find that I get better symmetry when I do each stage of each half at the same time. Thanks Joey. You have taught me a lot.
Hey, I'm new to blacksmithing and I'm getting started on some easy stuff, just some rr spikes. Is there a certain pair of tongs I would need to hold them while hammering? Or a certain set of tongs you recommend?? Any help would be much appreciated
You did in one heat, what took me a whole afternoon of hammering to do.
Are you left handed?
Homemade Blades u
oh okay just wondering
No I'm ambidextrous.
Very nice tongs. I just tried to replicate them and I have a long ways to go lol thanks for the awesome vid.
Nice clean set of tongs Joe. Well done.
now thats a dependable pair of tongs i think they're your best pair yet
just start the video, wow your hammer hit are precise !
what size hammer is that? and style?
Could you use an axe head to form the split in the business end of the tongs?
when making a hot cut or punch, do you quench, temper and or heat treat it?Nice work btw
Thank you. No, I don't harden and temper my hot cuts and punches. They are only normalized after forging. But they are not heat treated after that.
Very cool! I just walked a railroad and found 5 loose spikes in about 15 minutes. I can't wait to get home and make something with them! I'm on vacation right now.
I think they consider it trespassing. If they are that bitchy screw em
Just FYI walking the track taking spikes is considered trespassing and theft, and people have been prosecuted for it.
How heavy is that hammer? you move that metal like it's nothing.
damn. i forge for 20 years now; the regular i use is 1.7kg. after 5 minutes, i cant feel my shoulder with my 2.5kg. and of course i need way more time to do the same job than yours.
+TechnicusJoe - Joey van der Steeg very impressive. I've yet to make any tongs yet :P. just began and learning! thanks for the quick reply.
+khaynbloodstorm The hammer in this video weighs 2,5lbs.
Is it one spike per rein?
What type of tongs are you using to forge the bolt tongs? They don't look like bolt tongs...
+TechnicusJoe - Joey van der Steeg Thanks for the quick reply!
+fnielson The tongs I use in this video are V-bit tongs or otherwise known as hollow bit tongs.
sorry for my dumb question, but how do you "fire weld" the ends shut? I'm really new to this sort of thing.
+Toby Stout I can type a few pages worth of what one does in fire welding. But that takes long for us both. I'd suggest that you look up my forge welding = fire welding videos on my channel. Preferably the most recent ones. You then should be able to understand how I fire weld the ends shut. If you got more questions after that, let me know.
6:30 that seems like way more metal than what I saw a second ago
+SUPERMAR10312 If you look at 5:57, you can see there still is a tremendous amount of stock in the spike. This is drawn down to the same thickness as the hinge plate and then tapers all the way down. A big volume can become a long taper. This gives you perhaps the idea there is more material. Compare the 2 shots. There is a lot of material first, not to long. Then there is a lot of material, thinned out and very long. It's steel that I moved to a new place.
At 1:55 why do you life up the metal after you hit it?
+TechnicusJoe - Joey van der Steeg That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the extremely quick reply! I'm going to be getting into blacksmithing soon, but before I can get all I need I figured I might as well watch videos and read about it.
+SUPERMAR10312 I lift the steel, so the anvil doesn't rob the heat out of my stock. So I can forge hotter for longer.Making it easier to forge to the steel.
Would you please show how you set the bolt size and how you adjust the reins with bolt in place. Nice work!
Will this method work with half inch stock?
Yes. You’d just need to make them for smaller material.
how much do you charge for a set of tongs like this?
@Sparks family farm Contact me at: TechnicusJoe@gmail.com.
why do you lift the metal off of the anvil after you hit it?
They do that to conserve heat in the material, letting them work for longer per heating.
Very nice tool. Great job.
Joe how much weighs your hammer? Is it 2kg?
@Radek Kamiński no, it weighs a few grams more than 1kg, about 1050g or so.
Awesome job best I have ever seen----Thanks
Pretty impressive! Beautiful work.
I still say you make this look TOO easy!
I have a question. I've watched at least two videos of you forging the heads of railroad spikes back into themselves. I've done this a few times and quite often I get inclusions. Do you prep them at all? Have you ever gotten inclusions? Is it just practice and getting the angles right? Is that what you mean by "forge welding the overlaps shut"?
yeah it just happens so that's what you do, forge weld the laps shut
Nice work. How many heats do you save when you rock the iron between strikes?
Joe, have you ever gone back and watched one of your own videos and caught yourself using a technique that you needed to change? I would think that filming yourself and then watching them would be a great way to tune your skills.....
What is the weight of that hammer you're using?
Including the handle it weighs 2,75 lbs
I have a question for you! In this video you hammer with your right hand,But, in other videos, you hammer with your left hand!8-OWhich is natural, and why do you switch?
Take a better look.For example at 2:41 you can see me forge left. At 3:49, still left. 4:16 still.At 4:53 you see me forge right handed. At 6:15 still right handed.At 6:38 I am back at left. At 7:29 I go to my right hand again.8:18, punching with left.9:07, cutting the jaw with right.I don't think I just forged with my right :)Bot hands are natural to me, I am ambidextrous. Forging left or right doesn't make a difference for me, nor do I feel a difference in it.It's all the same to me. Switching helps ease strains on the body. If one arm feels a bit tired, I just switch.And by time the other arm is tired, the other one is rested enough to switch again.
Really beautiful work, man! What size was the spike you started with? It looks larger than the ones I've been picking up.
Thanks! And keep up the great videos!
It's a "standard" ( I don't know) US spike, 16mm - 5/8 stock, about 6 inches long or so?
Another great job Joe! So many videos about spike projects, but this is a first! I worked for the Chesapeake Western Railway from 1970 To 1988, and spent several years driving spikes by hand into those hard oak Xties, and back then when picking up a spike to drive it in, little did I know all the useful things that spike could turn into by a Master Blacksmith! Really enjoyed this one, as it turned into something that could hold a spike while you could make it into something else! Take care!
well done mate thanks for the share
Damm fine pair of tongs Joe.
Absolutely awesome video editing. You have an amazing level of talent and skill. I always learn so much when watching your how to videos. You are an inspiration to me and many others. Thanks for the time and the great work.
yo veo muchos videos donde muestran la fabricación de herramientas, cuchillos, y otros objetos con un clavo de riel, sabes que grado de dureza tiene el acero con el que se fabrica el clavo de riel y como es la mejor manera de templar este tipo de acerosaludos cordiales
All ways a pleasure to watch you work Joe . You make it look so easy .
Amazing work, how long did it take to complete?
they take + - 45 min to make, depending on how much heat loss you get on drawing and rounding the reins.
Another well put together video.