Introduction: Homemade Anvil (from Rusty Railroadtrack)
Second Prize in the
Before and After Contest 2017
This is my instructable for the before / after competition.
Also i had a need for a small anvil.
I make steel flowers and that kind of stuff sometimes, so far i have used very odd methods and hammered against what ever metal i have found.
Finally i decided to make good tool for it. This anvil is mostly for that use.
Of course it will have many other uses too.
Material is 200mm ( 8") long pieco of railroadtrack, wich i have found sometime ago.
For the stand i used piece log.
2mm thick sheetmetal, screws and two 150mm long pieces of 30 x 20mm L-profile
Stand is oiled with layers of linseed oil.
Angle grinder. (850w 125mm ) Cutting would be easier with bigger.
2mm cut of wheels (used 2 + old leftovers first)
8mm grinding wheel (used 1)
steel brush ( wheel )
40 and 80 grit flap disks (used little bit both, can still be used)
For the stand:
Axe, drill, hammer (1mm cut off wheel)
Step 1: Video Tuturial.
Video shows the process.
More pictures starting from the step 2
Step 2: Rough Shaping...
I used chalk for drawing lines to the railroad.
Then i cut material out using 2mm cut off wheels, as much as it was possible.
Shape for the anvil is from my head, i had somewhat accurate idea about what kind of shapes i need, so i shaped it following that idea.
After very rough cuts. (Using little too small angle grinder for cutting material in this thickness, result wasn't very smooth.)
I had to cut from many directions to get pieces off, it took a little time, but when result was what i wanted..
It was time to start rough shaping with 8mm grinding wheel.
Step 3: Shaping..
Same continues with the horn..
Rough shaping with rough grinding wheel, and when the shape is near desired one.
Smoothening with flap disc.
Because this anvil is mostly for making round or groovy objects, i didn't need very long "sharp edge".
So, i made it to the back part. Sanded, and used right angle to check when the surface is straight.
Then removing rust with the steel brush. ( can be done in the first place too, personally i leave rust on its place as long as possible, because it gives little protection to the surface if cut off / grinding wheel slips)
Step 4: Stand..
For the stand i used a piece from a log. Wood is pine, i fell it last year, it wasn't not perfectly dry, but enough.
I peeled the log and straightened the ends with angle grinder using flap disc.
Then i cut "collars" from the 2mm thick steel sheet, drilled holes to it, and connected collars to the log with screws.
I cut off the extra and hammered joint smooth.
Step 5: Connecting Anvil to the Stand.
For connecting anvil to the stand i used two 150mm long pieces of 20 x 30mm L-profile
I copied the shape from the anvil, made cuts and sanding with the angle grinder.
Drilled holes, and the screwed "holders" to the log with long screws.
Then i hammered the "fingers" down, against the anvil. Result was very sturdy.
Finally oiled the stand with linseed oil.
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