Small punches

cathead

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The first thing I noticed about ring shank nails years ago is that they are made from some pretty hard stuff. They can easily be ground into
a small punch or to a point if desired. One needs to take his time to not overheat the ground area as it will soften itself if not careful. I generally
grind a little and cool the end in water and resume until I have the desired shape. This is quite handy as one can make any desired diameter of
small punch if you have a few of these ring shank nails. They to come in several different lengths but I like the 5 inch ones for little punches.
I needed one today so thought I would share the concept. P1020599.JPG

The photo explains it all...:idea:
 
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Tim9

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Yeah those cut nails for concrete are hard as hell. Never thought about small boring bar cutters but I bet they would work just fine if you brazed them to the bar and then dunked in oil or water bath. Great idea.
Have an old box of these and was thinking about how hard they were...every time I moved them out of my way.


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That's what I like to see, thinking outside the box. Ahhhh cement nails, possibilities there too! Also save any broken carbide
scrap for a future silver soldering project such as cutters, boring bars, ETC. I have a lot of large(chipped ) end mills(carbide) that so
far I have not found a use for. Any Ideas on these for you outside the box folks?
 
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Tim9

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I do save my endmills also. I’ve used them a couple of times for one off tools...cutters punches etc. But...I’ve now got a good bunch of EBay hss lots I’ve purchased plus decent stock of new hss blanks. I lately have just been mostly using my hss. Still, it’s always good to keep that toolbox full for whatever gets thrown ones way.
 

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Cement nails have also been used for making small chisels for carving wood. They hold an awesome edge.
But I am also going to make a center punch with one. I like your idea cathead.
 
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