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What can I make from harrow tines?

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It sparks like an MC steel so it should be hardenable. Other than small punches, fullers, and drifts, what other tools could I make from them. Or even non-tools?

I plan to make a rack for steel from the round tubing they were attached to.  Assuming I can do so without an arc welder. 

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Medium carbon. I say that only because sucker rods are largely medium carbon and the spark pattern and color looks just like that. 

I assume high carbon steel would not likely be used for harrow tines. They wouldn’t necessarily need to be hard, but would need to be resistant to wear and breakage. I believe curved tines are spring steel. As for fines of the type I have I couldn’t find much, although I was able to find several online stores selling them. 

Edited to add: You can’t see it in the picture, but the tines have a diamond shape profile. 

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I've found it useful to set such things aside until the use finds them, rather than to try to push finding a use for them right away. Unless you are loaded up with them. Don't forget to mark them with your test result findings. Might not remember later. 

 

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As Das said, collect them into a bucket etc until that type material is needed for a project. The resource center (scrap pile) is a wonderful thing. If you have a need the resource center should have an answer. Otherwise you need to add to the resource center footprint or volume.

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Das, I suppose that depends upon the definition of “loaded up”.  It had 80 tines, but two of them were actually just RR spikes welded to a bolt. 

78 may not be loaded up with tines, but at the very least I can burn and break them until I learn to make something out of them.

I think that’s the ticket, Glenn. Resource Center and not scrap pile. To my wife it is that “ugly pile of junk out back”.

It was in hopes of making some racks to organize the resource center that I came home with the harrow. I thought I could take the tines out and have posts with predrilled holes to attach shelves to for a couple of resource racks. 

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I'd love to find similar. They would be great for scrap sculpture pieces. 

Well you could make a diamond shaped punch that might be a nice accent for some things like bottle opener handles. 

Like I said tho, you might find the perfect use later. 

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The tips aren’t diamond shaped. About halfway down one side is rounded. When I was a kid they were “dragon teeth” and the bent ones were  “dinasour claws”.

My Poppy’s resource center was good for hours and hours of adventure. 

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Don't know what sort of steel they are but they weld easily. Great for scrap art - bird beaks/claws, scorpion legs, etc. I have made punches from them, but there's better steel about for that.

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I heat treated one in motor oil. It hardened, but not as much as other mystery metals I have. I’m going to try water. 

I don’t have a welder, so scrap art isn’t an option.  If they don’t make decent punches, I will make a letter opener or something. (I may be using the wrong term.  Perhaps fuller is a better term?  I don’t plan to punch holes with them, just move metal like I would with my fingers in clay. 

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Well, you could forge a bottle opener. Good for a drink after a harrowing experience.

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It's a good size for medium carbon stock, good for tools that need to be tough and springy like garden tools. It's also good for pattern welded blades, makes a good combo with high C steels. It's springy enough a blade isn't as likely to snap but it'll still sharpen so things like hatchets, bill hooks, etc. come to mind.

I like having some med C steel handy.

Frosty The Lucky.

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On 2/10/2019 at 4:06 PM, ausfire said:

Well, you could forge a bottle opener. Good for a drink after a harrowing experience.

I see what you did there as well!

Until I was an adult I thought it was pronounced ‘harrah’ because that is the way both my dad and granddad pronounced it. 

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