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Can you make an anvil by putting an aluminum sheet on top of a piece of hard wood?

Can you make an anvil by putting 1/2 in. aluminum on a large piece of hard wood?

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5150tech8 years ago
No, Aluminum is to soft it will form to whatever your trying to whack on. you would have better luck using stainless steel but only slightly. I have a length of old railroad track that works great for small stuff.
aristide2025 years ago
I guess the first ancient anvil was a solid smooth granite stone and I'll try that of thees days for light works, i got a piece of solid red granite 1/2 foot thick mirror finished.
Don't do that , I mean the hard wood and aluminum thing unless you are a goldsmith or the like. Look for any conveniently heavy scrap iron of any shape you can lift . Hard wood will do for the base. Secure the anvil to the wood. Put one foot of dry sand under the wood base and sink it one or two inches. Everything should be firm and steady under the hammer, that's the target . Remember steel does not ask for food, ideas come later. A shape an anvil. My first anvil was a huge hand forged nail in a log , after that a 12 pounds maze and so on .
No, I wouldnt recommend a cast iron anvil. Yes, its 50 bucks, but they are half worthless. What people have been using for years is Steel Anvils. You will work twice as hard working on a cast Iron Anvil.
CameronSS8 years ago
Given that you can get a real, albeit cheap, 55 lb. steel anvil for $60, I don't see why you would buy 1/2" aluminum and build your own when you could get one that is much more durable and functional.
or you could get a pieces of old railroad track and make a primitive anvil out of the railroad track piece, of course you would have to cut it to appropriate size, but it SHOULD be cheaper then buying a anvil for sixty bucks.
lemonie8 years ago
Yes... but whether it will do the job for you depends upon what you want to use it for. Which is what? L
josh1324 (author)  lemonie8 years ago
blade smithing
Absolutely not, no. It's not hard enough and wouldn't take the heat. L
i'd stick with what they have been using for hundreds and hundreds of years. Cast iron anvil. If there was a cheaper better way to make one, they would have figuired it out by now. If you're going fo the cheap, even 1" steel plate or a chunk of railway iron would be better I think.
NachoMahma8 years ago
. For very thin, very soft metals (eg, Al or brass), it will probably work ... depending on which Al alloy you have and how hard your hardwood is. Not so much if you plan on making horse shoes.