Some railroad tracks are left unused once they are old. These abandoned tracks are also left with unused railroad materials like spikes and other metals. Some people get these materials and sell them to junk shops. Some use the spikes as raw materials for chisels. This is because converting railroad spikes into chisels is easy. Sawing and filing are the only two skills that you need to make chisels out of these spikes. Chisels may even give you bigger bucks than just the old rusty spikes. So if you want to learn more about this task, read the simple instructions below.
Here are the steps on how to make chisels from railroad spikes:
- Get railroad spikes. Collect spikes that are still straight. Bended and kinked spikes are useless. Clean out loose rust and dirt with a rag. Be careful when you clean the spikes. You might cut yourself. Wounds infected with rust can be dangerous.
- Wear protective gear. Wear goggles for your eyes. Flying metal fillings might enter your eyes and damage them. A dust mask is good to avoid inhaling the metal dust. Also, wear thick cloth gloves. This is to protect your hands while sawing. The gloves could also give you a better grip on the saw. Wear shoes to protect your feet from getting possibly hurt by the spikes.
- Prepare a first-aid kit. Bring a first-aid kit with you in the work place. Accidents might happen. It is better to be ready. Make sure you have band-aids, antiseptic, cotton, and other wound-treating ointments.
- Saw the spikes. Get one of the spikes. Place it on the workbench or any work surface. Put newspapers underneath. This is for the metal fillings. Directly place the hacksaw under the spike’s curved cap. Saw the length of the spike at a 90 degree angle. Pause and check the angle. Stop when the cap falls off the spike.
- File the sawed spike. Get your coarse file. File the end of the sawed spike. File until the end is moderately flat. Then grab a smaller file to smooth away the sharp spots around the cut edges. This is to avoid accidental cuts because of its sharpness.
- Create the chisel. File the other end of the spike. File until the end is sharp enough for a chisel. Refine the edge until you are satisfied with its sharpness.
Do the same thing with the other spikes you have collected. Be careful when you saw the spikes. You might cut yourself. Also, try not to get poked with the spiky edges. Dispose the newspaper containing the fallen metal fillings properly. Put the newspaper in a plastic bag. Scavengers might rummage through the trash can and get hurt by the metal fillings. Use the chisels properly. Put it in good use. Don’t use it to hurt anyone. Also, try not to get yourself arrested when you get the railroad spikes. Ask permission if possible. Remember, stealing railroad property is a federal offense.