An anvil stand is simply a place to put your anvil for blacksmithing.
It's lighter and more portable than a chunk of tree trunk and can be built to a custom size and shape, and can include additional workspace and tool-holders.
My workspace is limited, so I have no room to permanently mount an anvil on concrete, a piece of tree trunk, or other extra-heavy or immovable object.
I've been interested in blacksmithing for a long time, but only recently visited a blacksmithing association meeting and demonstration day. While there, I purchased a used 55 pound "starter-anvil"
Of course, I now need a place to put it!
This anvil stand is built from completely recycled materials and features hand-forged steel corner reinforcements and tools holders.
This Instructable will take you through the steps I took to build a simple, yet nearly indescructible workbench that can hold up to the abuse of forging and repeated hammer blows.
Step 1: 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.