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Making useful things from old or new railroad spikes is an interesting hobby.

With basic shop skills you can create most of the projects suggested in this article.

Leave them as you obtain them to retain the antique look.Rub the rusty spike thoroughly with beeswax to give it a rich, warm look.Paint a new railroad spike with gold paint to make it look like the gold spike used at the completion of the transcontinental railroad.Use model aeroplane enamels and brushes to create your own colourful designs.A new 5 1/2-inch by 9/16-inch rail spike can serve as a heavy duty chisel.Use a power grinding wheel to create a sturdy "V" with a 1/8-inch bevel on the pointed end of the spike.Protect your eyes with safety glasses and your hands with gloves.Strike the head of the spike with a hammer to chisel brick and other tough materials.Create a durable foot scraper with a railroad spike.Drill two 1/4-inch holes 1 inch from each end of the spike.Position the flat side of the spike on the bottom before drilling. Use four spikes to create crosses welded at the pointed end with the head flanges pointing down.


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