Quick Railroad Spike Tongs Instructional Video
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Quick Railroad Spike Tongs Instructional Video

August 20, 2019


For this video, the tong piece shown in this picture will be referred to as Part A and this one will be referred to as Part B. Let’s start with Part A To start making your Quick Railroad Spike Tongs, you’ll heat up your Part A Once hot, you’ll place the tong in your vise with the small groove facing up and line the center of that groove up with the corner of your vise. After you’ve got it lined up, bend it to 90-degrees with your hammer. After you reheat, you’ll then twist the jaw 90-degrees counter-clockwise Take your hammer and straighten as necessary to close the gap right here. That’s all for Part A. Let’s move on to Part B. To make your Part B, you’ll begin by heating it up and placing it in the vise with the rein facing left and the bottom of the “U” about 1/4 of an inch from the top of the vise as shown here. Once it is lined up, you’ll bend it backwards on the vise to approximately 90-degrees. Reheat, put in the vise, and use a suitable wrench or tongs to twist the jaw counter-clockwise 90-degrees. Adjust and straighten as necessary. Continue making adjustments as needed. This next step is optional, but we recommend it. Heat Part B again, cool off just the ends with water and use light blows to upset the corners. This process can make your tongs stronger. Next, you’ll pound out the reins as desired. Then center punch and drill your holes. Before we move on, make sure you sand these areas to clean out any debris. You’re almost done! Next step is to rivet the pieces together. Give the tongs another heat and make final adjustments to fit your specific railroad spike. It’s as simple as that! If you want, you can stamp them with your name, but make sure you clean them off with a wire brush. Great job!

13 Comments

  • Reply Nick O February 24, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    awesome video what are they made off mild steel or spring?

  • Reply Rodney zufelt August 28, 2016 at 1:09 am

    Just finished my railroad spike tongs. Very impressed at how easy they are to finish. Will be ordering more.

  • Reply forge52100 October 17, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Neat idea on the quick tongs, wish I'd thought of that! Anyway, got a few of them ordered, should shave me a bit of time on making tongs and let me spend more time beating on other things. Now if I can just figure out how to justify getting you KZ100 hammer

  • Reply Sigh Pocket December 6, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Nice!!

  • Reply 1qwk1g March 25, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    What is the tool that you set under the tongs when you were hammering the rivet? I'm trying to find that.

  • Reply AKA Nathan October 24, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Nice idea.

  • Reply Bricks vs. Stuff December 30, 2017 at 4:37 am

    I got the set of tong for Christmas

  • Reply dford459 January 18, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Is there a reason you heat up the tongs and rivet together instead of just the rivet?

  • Reply brandon cohen July 28, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Just got a set today. Will be forming them tonight. Great shipping and turn around time. Will be getting the whole set soon

  • Reply Hellhound878 August 29, 2018 at 2:46 am

    God forbid you show how they’re supposed to look with a railroad spike in them after they were done.

  • Reply 110% America Loving PATRIOT October 19, 2018 at 4:19 am

    Man you sure have a girly voice!! You should forge yourself a set of big steel balls!! Hehe

  • Reply Jesse Price October 28, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Just got done with this one. I'm really pleased with the results. Thank you

  • Reply Kevin Orr July 5, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    "Ken" sounds weird.

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