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Made myself some new scroll tongs


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Those are nice. Years ago, my first pair were of mild steel, like 1020, not A36, and the first time I used them, the jaws sprung open. Subsequently, I've made three pair of 5/8" round auto coil spring, the only heat treat being air cooling.

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Thanks for all the comments. They are made of hot rolled mild steel. I've had a couple people tell me "shoulda made em out of medium carbon steel...". I guess if they don't hold up, I'll make another pair out of some auto spring I have. Or, what do you guys think about "high" carbon RR spikes? thanks again...bart

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