Introduction: DIY Railroad Anvil Stand
In this Instructable I will be showing you step-by-step how to make this rustic looking anvil stand. I decided to make this stand because I recently picked up this cool old anvil that was made from a piece of a railway track and had no place to work on it. I bought this anvil because I have gained some interest in knife making and I want to try it out for some of my future projects.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
- 9” x 7” Railway Tie
- Railway Spikes (X4)
- 1/2" x 4" Lag Bolts (X4)
- 1/4" x 4" Lag Bolts (X4)
- 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" Lumber
- Wood Stain
- Wood Saw or Chain Saw
- Sledge Hammer
- Impact Driver
- Grinder with Wire Wheel
- Chop Saw
Step 2: How to Determine the Height for Your Anvil
Because the anvil is made from a piece of railway track I thought it would be cool to make the stand out of a railway tie. So I picked up a 4’ length of 9” x 7” railway tie. To determine the proper height for your anvil, stand up straight and let your arms rest comfortably by your sides. When making a fist the top of the anvil should just be touching your hand. To measure the proper height for my anvil I stacked up some wood until the anvil was at the desired height. This makes it easier if you are working by yourself.
Before I cut the railway tie in half a drilled a piece of wood on each side. This allowed my to keep the saw nice and straight while I made the cut. Believe it or not I used a hand saw for the entire cut! I definitely regret not using a chainsaw to make it easier on myself because railway ties are EXTREMELY hard to cut!
Step 3: Fastening the Anvil
After I was finished the cut I fastened the anvil on the top with some 1/2" X 4" lag bolts and cleaned off most of the rust with a wire wheel. This anvil had not been used for a long time so it definitely needed some cleaning up!
I also cleaned up four railway spikes. I thought that these would work perfectly to hold my hammers on the sides.
Step 4: Inserting the Railway Spikes
Making the holders for the hammers was very easy. I simply marked out the proper positioning for each railway spike and pre drilled the holes. The drill bit that I used had a slightly smaller diameter than the railway spike. This made it easier for my to fasten them into the railway tie with a sledge hammer.
Step 5: Making the Legs
To finish up the stand I made some legs with my chop saw out of some 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" lumber using 45 degree cuts. I added some dark walnut wood stain to match the color of the railway tie and to keep things looking rustic. I then used a forstner bit to make room for the heads of the lag bolts and then pre drilled the rest of the hole. I then fastened them 1" in from the edges with the 1/4" x 4" lag bolts.
I love how rustic the finished product looks and I can't wait to get some good use out of it! Thanks for reading through this Instructable. I hope you all enjoyed this short and simple project!