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Building my first spear

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I have two spears and I'm not very happy with either so I figured I would make my own, I found a table leg and some copper fittings which I will use for the handle, I welded the barbs instead of cutting into the round bar and prying the barb out and I'm going to try something I've never seen done before, making a sand mold and pouring the center weight out of lead. Sounds like some work though lol. I'll post pics of progress.

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hello fellow cold spring resident!!!!!! almost looks as though you may do a bit of welding whistlewhistle!!!!!! and you patterned it after my spear!!!!!!!! looks good!!!!!!

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Here's a better view of just the tines, hopefully tonight I can get the tines cut down to size and welded in a piece of 1/2" round for the handle and maybe attach the wood grip if I'm lucky

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are those stainless steel???????

No it is mild steel but it is cold rolled so it has lighter color than hot rolled so in the picture it could look like stainless.

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I would really like to see how you do that sand cast for the lead. That spear will be awesome when it is done.

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bearbait..........gotcha...........i welded stainless for 28 years.......thats why i asked.

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bearbait..........gotcha...........i welded stainless for 28 years.......thats why i asked.

Yeah I've worked at a few different shops since I've graduated from welding school, everything from sheet metal work to building grain boxes and work trucks, I'm currently the Forman at a shop that builds ornamental railings and structural steel work along with other random projects here and there.

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Here was the progress tonight, got it pretty close to done other than the lead weight and paint, I made a sketch to show how I plan on casting the lead center weight by making the lead actually taper off into the tines as well

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Very cool, the one I recently made for my kid is much less beautiful... Maybe I'd call mine more of a utility spear? lol!

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I welded the tines together where they intersect, then concealed those welds with this strap.

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The top strap was drilled and notched before fitting over the tine joints. Then I filled the notch fully with weld which joins it to the tines. Afterwards I gound the weld level with the strap face to clean up the apearance.

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You definately have more coolness in your spear. I like the way that handle is turning out. cool

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Hey Dave I think that spear looks great, feels good to build it yourself too.

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone, I was hoping to have it done for Saturday morning but it doesn't look like I'll be able to work on it again until this weekend, I have a bunch of old decoys from my grandpa and I think I'm going to melt down his decoy anchors to use for the center weight be kind of neat to have his anchors for my weight.

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Hey Dave I think that spear looks great, feels good to build it yourself too.

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone, I was hoping to have it done for Saturday morning but it doesn't look like I'll be able to work on it again until this weekend, I have a bunch of old decoys from my grandpa and I think I'm going to melt down his decoy anchors to use for the center weight be kind of neat to have his anchors for my weight.

That's a great idea.

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Hey Dave I think that spear looks great, feels good to build it yourself too.

Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone, I was hoping to have it done for Saturday morning but it doesn't look like I'll be able to work on it again until this weekend, I have a bunch of old decoys from my grandpa and I think I'm going to melt down his decoy anchors to use for the center weight be kind of neat to have his anchors for my weight.

That may not be a very good idea they may be valuable there is a large collectors market for old decoys. I'll trade you for a whole pile of lead

Nevermind I just re-read that I assume your talking duck decoys crazy

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That may not be a very good idea they may be valuable there is a large collectors market for old decoys. I'll trade you for a whole pile of lead

I think he ment old duck decoy weights spearhead.

You were typinng when I was laugh

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