Fixing a Cheap Anvil


Introduction: Fixing a Cheap Anvil

Step 1: Cleaning Up Original Surface

If you have a cheap anvil that's made of cast iron or a soft material that you've already put to use and the face is pitted from the hammer striking it try to get it as flat as possible.

Step 2: Prepping the Plate

Now that you have your tool steel plate or whatever type of plate your going to use, you have to do a couple of things before you weld it on.

Step 3: Cutting Out the Hardy Hole

First thing you do is you drill holes where your going to cut the hardy hole slot out so that you don't have to cut as much. Then you cut the hole out.

Step 4: Drilling Holes in the Plate

This is optional but I did this to make the plate not have a hollow spot under the plate. So drill holes in random spots on the plate.

Step 5: Welding the Plate On

Now clamp the plate on and make sure it's where you want it. Then weld all the way around the plate twice for extra strength. Then fill in the holes with the welder a little above flush. Then grind the top smooth.

Step 6: Flatting the Top

Now get a sanding wheel on a grinder and sand the top lightly till it's flat and smooth. As you can see I drilled a hole all the way through and made the pritel hole.

Step 7: Rounding the Horn

Now get a grinding wheel and take of as much as you want so that you think it's round enough. Then get a sanding wheel on a grinder and smooth the horn.



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    12 Discussions

    How can you weld steel to the iron don't you need to heat up the iron first?

    how is it holding up? and did you ever harden it after welding it?

    Awesome tutorial. I have had a cast anvil for years and have often wondered if i could weld a steel plate to it. Am i right in thinking you just weld around the outside edge of the steel plate where it meets anvil. And do you at any stage fill in the holes you drilled?

    Cant wait to try this out.. my anvil looks exactly the same so I really found this useful and inspiring... I also like the way you dressed the horn.

    Cheers for your effort

    I have a few questions about the anvil; it looks like it's from this series:

    Which size (weight) is yours? I want to get a starter anvil but would prefer one with hardy hole, but the site doesn't specify wich of the 5 in this series have one.

    Also, would you recommend this anvil to start with? I have done some smithing with a cobblers last but its too slanted and small to really be used as an anvil.

    Thanks for the great ible and any help you can offer regarding my questions!

    It's good on the face. But the edges are a little soft.

    that's a lot of heat going into that tool steel. how's the temper on it? I would assume more than dead spots you'd have softening of the surface from the cutting and welding. Have you experienced anything like this while working on it

    Excellent . I have met a few steel anvils that were well worth the work , but even with a nice steel face , a cast iron anvil will not give the service a good steel anvil will provide .

    Really good 'ible, the only suggestion I would add is to weld the holes on the plate from the inside to the outside. I would also only tack the perimeter in place, then weld the holes from the center out, and lastly weld the outside. This way if the plate warps you will still be able to work it flat as you weld towards the outside.

    That would work just make sure you get a good weld in the hole you drill.

    Thanks for the *ible, I'll have to take another look at my rusty old anvil! Is there a rule of thumb about how close the holes need to be so you don't get a dead spot in the middle? On a related note, My anvil already has a plate, and it has a dead spot, do you think there is any problem drilling a hole in the dead spot and welding without re-plating it?.

    Thanks! Appreciate it!