The first thing to do is to PLAN the project!
Ask yourself some questions, like
What materials do I have on hand (or want to spend the money for)
What similar projects have other people done?
How big should it be?
How much should it weigh?
How do I future-proof it?
I have already seen some GREAT-LOOKING anvil stands. (Do a Google Image search. There's some nice ones out there!) I decided that I wanted to build it from wood with the top roughly 18-inches-square. That would give enough room for my small anvil, with some additional space for tools, and maybe even a place for a small vise.
I attended a blacksmithing get-together at the Upper Midwest Blacksmithing Association Meeting (UMBA
) which is a member group of ABANA
I also read several books on blacksmithing from the library and watched an instructional blacksmithing video
. Read as many books as you can. Try to find ones with good photography and illustrations. Video is even better, and seeing a live demonstration with a real master is best of all.
All of the books, videos, and smiths I spoke with say that you want the top of the anvil to be "knuckle-height". While standing, with your arm at your side, wrap your hand around a hammer. Measure from your knuckles to the ground. That should be the height of the top of your anvil. It's likely to be about 30 inches or so.
Subtract the height of your anvil, and you should have the height of your stand, in this case about 23 inches.
Now lets take a look at the tools and materials needed for the project.