Introduction: How to Make an Anvil Out of Railroad Track

About: I make art metal works and some useful tools


Today I’m going to tell you how to make a hand-made anvil out of railroad track At that point I want to share with you my anvil. The construction is classical. There is flat surface for basic works and a horn for forming and flattering. I made the anvil out of railroad track. Why did I use it in particular? Because it’s cheap and cheerful. Such an anvil won’t become a major version of a big blacksmith anvil, but it’ll be able to do some works of a non-professional person. I’m sure you could imagine it well and if it’s necessary you’ll make it. Everything is obvious and simple, nut mostly people omit one simple thing which, in my opinion, is just necessary for an anvil and it’s the square support for tools. I gave consideration on it in my video.

Step 1: The Necessary Materials and Tools

The necessary materials:

-Railroad track – 250mm

-shaped tube 30x30 – 100mm

-a stump – its length should be enough to work with an anvil when you stand around.

-smooth armature for being fixed in a stump

The necessary tools:

-an angle grinder

-a welding machine

Step 2: Briefly How It Was

In a point of fact making an anvil is simple work and it doesn’t need a ruler, buuut to make it well and to make it look good to the eye though it’s better to start with marking.

At the beginning we mark our future horn. I chose the side of track which was close to the hole to use an angle grinder less.

Having marked and cut the horn I changed a cutter wheel to a grinding wheel then I did aligning the front side of the anvil.

Step 3: Fasten for Tooling

And in this moment people often stop. That’s all! It’s done and we can straighten nails. But it won’t convenient to do something else on it. So we’re going further and welding our shaped square tube to the back side of the anvil.

Why did I use square not round? It’s for convenient fixation of tools. Indeed we’ll knock on the anvil with a hammer and our fittings will have to stand with certainty firmly. The square shape will let us reach it. With the same reason (working with a hammer) we have to fix the anvil also well. Indeed even this small piece of railroad track is enough to injure your legs. It’ll fell down straight on your leg because of absence of fixation.

Step 4: Fixing the Anvil

For this I cut some armature into 4 pieces and bended hooks. I welded 4 pieces of armature to the edges of the anvil then I set the anvil into the stump. This simple fasten makes your work safer.

It’s left to paint a little the sub-base of the anvil to give its final form. Fixing into the stub and knocking our hooks into it. It’s not necessary to knock the whole armature. We should knock it until it seems that the anvil staying enough steady.

Tools: In the video I’ll show some simple and useful variants. You can make your own variants or you can wait for mine. Soon I’ll make them and share with you with pleasure!

-the place for making holes

-the ruler. It needs to make your workpieces similar.

Step 5: All Processes of Making the Anvil in My Video

The most interesting things with working on the anvil you can see in my video. I tried making it short, informative and pleasure for watching.

Thank you!