Introduction: Anvil

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After looking into different anvils and the prices of them. I decided it would be cheaper to build my own. After all how hard would it be. So I started looking around trash bens and this is what I came up with. I think it came out petty good. All materials used were free the only cost was my time and a few welding rods.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

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6 by 6 by 16 I beam
4 by 11 1/4 by 1 flat bar
Sledge hammer 2 1/2 by 7 1/4
4 pieces 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 round bar
1/8 inch plate 6 by 6
1- gusset cut on a 45- 2 3/4 by 3

Step 2: Welding

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Welded the top plate on first.

Step 3: Welding

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Next I welded the 1 1/2 inch round bar in. I welded it all the way under the 1 inch plate. Because when you hammer down on I beam it does ring out so I wanted to make it as stout as possible. That worked out pretty good. That blocked out the ringing when hammering.

Step 4: Welding Last Step

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I welded the 6 by 6 plate on one end so I could weld the hammer on then I welded the gusset underneath the hammer to give the hammer some support. All in all I think it really turned out well.


dbreaux (author)2016-02-24

Thanks spun57 that's what l was aiming for

spun57 (author)2016-02-23


I like the frugal use of materials.

dbreaux (author)2016-01-18

I hope it works out for you it works great for my purpose. Thanks.

riew (author)2016-01-18

I got to try this. Can't find an anvil in my budget. Thank you

dbreaux (author)2016-01-18

Thanks a lot.

Basement_Craftsman (author)2016-01-18

It's a great piece. I like it. Steel is better then cast iron so you're beating the 50$ Chinese ones.

dbreaux (author)2016-01-17

I used a stick welding machine that a buddy of mine has I am not the best welder as you can see but it got the job done

dbreaux (author)2016-01-17

Well to each there own I guess every one has to start some where

mikeyman28 (author)2016-01-16

What did you weld with?

mikeyman28 (author)2016-01-16

What did you weld with?

MrDarkNebulah (author)2016-01-16 Sorry for the autocorrect

MrDarkNebulah (author)2016-01-16

Hey good idea on the anvil, and good initiative, but you've got the wrong materials. Sledgehammer heads work nice, but as good as I beams seem they are terrible. A great source of improvised anvils is to go to the to go a scrap yard and pick up a big chunk of steel. Scrap prices are really low right now, and you can pick up a larger than 100 pound price for under 10 dollars. If you are really interested in blacksmithing check out the forums forge Goodluck

dbreaux (author)2016-01-16

Yea you you right same thing i thought after pricing new ones

Omnivent (author)2016-01-16

Great tool, great price :)

dbreaux (author)2016-01-16

Thanks I really enjoyed putting it together.

BeachsideHank (author)2016-01-16

Nice work, an anvil does not have to be of the classic shape in order to be effective, I like the repurposed parts.

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Bio: I am an amateur do it your selfer. I enjoy working with wood and light metal work in my spare time.
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