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Picked up  20 pounds of rail car springs today.  planning on some punches, drifts and chisels.  got a small one straightened.  5/8 cross section. the bigger one is one inch I think, so will be more fun. 

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Greetings Mike,

         They make great anvil top tools with many uses.

Forge on and make beautiful things 

Jim

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Those look like real monsters @Jim Coke these springs are much smaller.  small one is 5/8 cross section and the bigger one is one inch.  Made these from one of the smaller ones.  

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Jim Coke, those ring top tools are a great idea.  Thanks for posting the pictures!  Great way to form dish shaped objects when one doesn't have a swage block.  Several ring sizes like shown and yer good to go!  Can't wait to get to the forge and make several.

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How long were the two rings when they were straight?  Did you straighten them by hand with a hammer or did you use a press of some kind?  There doesn't appear to have many hammer marks on them.  

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