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#1 gaylan veater

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 06:44 PM

Here is a picture of my first rasp snake!!! Alot of fun. I have been waiting to make one for years I finally worn out a rasp to use as material.

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#2 Danz409

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 06:46 PM

WOW... that looks more realistic then those rubber snakes that are ment to trick people! nice job!

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 07:24 PM

What a great looking snake! I'm really gonna have to try this now. Great job!

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 07:59 PM

Very nice! My father made me one of those as a kid. Rasps definitely aid the texture for snakes!

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 08:01 PM

Wow nice! I've never tried one but I do have several rasps!!;);););)

Looks just as good as the one I saw a pro do!


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#6 Drako11

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 09:32 PM

Wow thats great!!! Did you just bend the rasp into a cylindrical shape for the body, and made the head and tail solid?
Ya Right.....and pig iron flies... :P

#7 Ted T

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:17 AM

Ya created a nice snake Gaylan!
In fact it looks good enough to give me the Willies!
I would like to try my hand at making one, but I have a question about when you fold the rasp! How do you keep from smashing the file teeth? or is that an issue?
Thanks for the view!
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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:22 AM

Very nicely done Gaylan!

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:29 AM

nice! looks awsome!

#10 S.Willis

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:44 AM

Very nicely done.
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#11 David Einhorn

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:05 AM

Great job. You could sell them to people that want to discourage door-to-door sales. :D

#12 gaylan veater

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 07:46 AM

Drakeo11,
yes you just forge into a cylinder shape if it starts to twist then put in a vise and straighten with tongs the tail is the handle end of the rasp and on the head end i forged a piece of 1/2" square bar to look like a head then forge a taper on the other end put it in the end and welded then forged out the weld.
Ted to answer your question I forged it at a high red to low yellow and the heavy rasp side is out it knocks it down some but makes a nice texture.
Thanks for all the nice comments!!
Gaylan

#13 ThomasPowers

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:08 AM

They make lots of scale! Tonight I have to finish off rasptle snake #'s 9 & 10 of this years "crop" for the NM state fair. Last year I sold a dozen, paid for the winters forge propane.

I get used farrier's rasps as starting stock. I also thin down the tail and thread punched bottle caps on it to make "rattles" that give a pretty good impression of the sound of the real thing!
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#14 Svarttrost

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:44 PM

Now that's what I call recycling! Brilliant idea and work.

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#15 gaylan veater

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:53 PM

Thomas,
The rattle sounds like a good idea do you have pics? Also what kind of price to you charge for your snakes in your part of the country? I think I am going to have to call a couple of the people I know that do farrier work to get more rasp files.
Gaylan

#16 ThomasPowers

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 02:19 PM

no digital camera or cellphone! I charge US$25 at the fair and 20% goes to the club. I've done so many of them that I'm playing with the tails---red white and blue, all mexican beers, UNM colours, etc. I have a large pool of friends that supply me with way too many bottle caps!
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 08:28 AM

WOW! very nice. Band new to I forge iron. I'm a current farrier (22 years) who hasn't turned a forge on in a couple of years. seen some great stuff on this site! I see I have alot to learn. Time to get to it!

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 03:26 AM

gday mate ,excellent job ,these things are fun to make (lot of shovel marks on if left out) try making it the other way round so the scales slide ,once again great job,glen




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