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I've got a couple dings in it from missing with the hammer, but it's holding up fine. The bottom line is this- if you have the ability to build something like this, you have the ability to repair it anytime you choose. Grind it smooth a time or two, then pad weld the top plate. If you do pad weld, that would probably be a good time to use hard facing rods.
Am I the only one that sees another anvil sitting there? I love melting metal with fire!
Ah, if only that were true. As an out of work commercial diver trying to keep the dream alive, my hourly rate is pretty low.
Yeah I think I would-I would build the body the same, but maybe do the shoulder a little different-run some 1"plate horizontally across the whole thing
Thanks for the kind words and the excellent suggestions-I like the idea of a wheeled cart! I'm pretty happy with the weight, though I'm still trying to decide how to secure it to the stump. I might just use some flat bar and wood screws across the base.
If there's a place around you that does forklift repair, a piece of old forklift fork is exactly what you're talking about.
Sounds good to me-if you have or can get a picture I'd love to see it.
I was just thinking about that yesterday-one long slot straight up the middle!
I'll try to post a video next time I fire up the forge. It sounds good.
It's funny you mention that-I relabeled my harbor freight anvil with an "acme".
I'm still in the learning phase, but it's my understanding that to forge weld both pieces of metal need to be at forge welding temp; the anvil's never gonna get that hot. As to the cost of rods, yes-if you buy a forged anvil from harbor freight, the rods would cost more. I know,I have a harbor freight anvil. They suck. And I love harbor freight! I looked around, and used anvils are now being sold at antique shops, at 4-8 dollars a lb, and are still being snatched up by want-to-be blacksmiths such as myself! I work at a fab shop, so this solution worked for me, As noted at the beginning of my instructable.
There are several schools of thought-some say harder is better, use tool steel. Others say as long as your anvil is harder than the red hot metal you're beating on, you're good.I'm going by the second. In the words of the Louisiana metal Smith's association; "put some more heat on it"!I also plan on padding the top plate with 7018 eventually, which will harden it a little. It's mild steel, so you can weld anything to it, grind it, whatever.
Finally working WITH the forge and anvil, not ON the forge and anvil!
Welding in south Louisiana, you have to stay hydrated-that's all I have to say about that
Ha! Great comment, thanks-this one got read aloud to the fellas at work! To answer your question, this thing ended up weighing in at about 106 lbs. I didn't do any weight equations before starting, I was just hoping for something between 85 and 120 so I could move it in and outside. Thanks again for the awesome words!
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