Introduction: Anvil

About: I am an amateur do it your selfer. I enjoy working with wood and light metal work in my spare time.

After looking into different anvils and the prices of them. I decided it would be cheaper to build my own. After all how hard would it be. So I started looking around trash bens and this is what I came up with. I think it came out petty good. All materials used were free the only cost was my time and a few welding rods.

Step 1: Gathering Materials

6 by 6 by 16 I beam
4 by 11 1/4 by 1 flat bar
Sledge hammer 2 1/2 by 7 1/4
4 pieces 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 round bar
1/8 inch plate 6 by 6
1- gusset cut on a 45- 2 3/4 by 3

Step 2: Welding

Welded the top plate on first.

Step 3: Welding

Next I welded the 1 1/2 inch round bar in. I welded it all the way under the 1 inch plate. Because when you hammer down on I beam it does ring out so I wanted to make it as stout as possible. That worked out pretty good. That blocked out the ringing when hammering.

Step 4: Welding Last Step

I welded the 6 by 6 plate on one end so I could weld the hammer on then I welded the gusset underneath the hammer to give the hammer some support. All in all I think it really turned out well.



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    Thanks spun57 that's what l was aiming for


    2 years ago


    I like the frugal use of materials.

    I hope it works out for you it works great for my purpose. Thanks.


    2 years ago

    I got to try this. Can't find an anvil in my budget. Thank you

    Thanks a lot.

    It's a great piece. I like it. Steel is better then cast iron so you're beating the 50$ Chinese ones.

    I used a stick welding machine that a buddy of mine has I am not the best welder as you can see but it got the job done

    Well to each there own I guess every one has to start some where

    What did you weld with?

    What did you weld with? Sorry for the autocorrect

    Hey good idea on the anvil, and good initiative, but you've got the wrong materials. Sledgehammer heads work nice, but as good as I beams seem they are terrible. A great source of improvised anvils is to go to the to go a scrap yard and pick up a big chunk of steel. Scrap prices are really low right now, and you can pick up a larger than 100 pound price for under 10 dollars. If you are really interested in blacksmithing check out the forums forge Goodluck

    Yea you you right same thing i thought after pricing new ones

    Great tool, great price :)

    Thanks I really enjoyed putting it together.

    Nice work, an anvil does not have to be of the classic shape in order to be effective, I like the repurposed parts.