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Old 11-17-2017, 08:07 PM
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Don't know if anyone has seen this video of a home made anvil. talk about perseverance. https://youtu.be/fcE7kDpmzYM?t=10s
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Old 11-18-2017, 01:45 AM
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Buy that guy a 4x6 saw . He used enough grinding blades to pay for it.They were probably liberated from his day job.
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:54 AM
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I find some of these vids amazing.

Especially the farm equipment and or basic stuff we take for granted by just running to Northern or HF etc etc.

I've seen some of like vids where there was not side grinder to cut anything, but patience and a hack saw and files was the go to tools.

Nice anvil when he's finished though. Lots of sweat and love went into that steel.
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I took a motor from one of my military vehicles apart just for the parts. The block was put in the scrap pile. I once needed to flatten something and used that block. It has been my go to anvil ever since!
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Old 11-19-2017, 12:39 PM
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I mentioned some time ago that I purchased two nice pristine anvils from Germany, one was the dbbl horn affair and the other was a English styled German made anvil. Both were both made pre-56' and very expensive over buying something domestic or used domestic.

That said, I also have mentioned here lately that my go to anvils are rail steel that I seem to gravitate to as they are the most portable around the shop or outside when needed. I think the biggest fault with some that use rail for anvils is that they cut away too damn much of the rails mass, add nothing to the finished mass and end up with a hunk of iron that looks pretty but is not very suitable for shaping hot iron.

30 years ago I tried my hand at making an anvil with a chunk of steel 3' square by almost 5" thick. I cheated, did not use a hacksaw or cutting wheel to slice, but did pay a shop to cut it with the gas ax and use of a large commercial metal band saw.

It's been finished with a nice piece of material for the anvils face, but again, it sits coated in oil on a 3' dia oak stump, taking up space. I can be as good as I can be using rail as I can a $3k anvil. Which by some others standards might not be very good at all.
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I mentioned some time ago that I purchased two nice pristine anvils from Germany, one was the dbbl horn affair and the other was a English styled German made anvil. Both were both made pre-56' and very expensive over buying something domestic or used domestic.

That said, I also have mentioned here lately that my go to anvils are rail steel that I seem to gravitate to as they are the most portable around the shop or outside when needed. I think the biggest fault with some that use rail for anvils is that they cut away too damn much of the rails mass, add nothing to the finished mass and end up with a hunk of iron that looks pretty but is not very suitable for shaping hot iron.

30 years ago I tried my hand at making an anvil with a chunk of steel 3' square by almost 5" thick. I cheated, did not use a hacksaw or cutting wheel to slice, but did pay a shop to cut it with the gas ax and use of a large commercial metal band saw.

It's been finished with a nice piece of material for the anvils face, but again, it sits coated in oil on a 3' dia oak stump, taking up space. I can be as good as I can be using rail as I can a $3k anvil. Which by some others standards might not be very good at all.
Jef, where are those pic's of those German anvils?


Sorry, but I use anvils for metal working... I'd rather work on a properly mounted anvil over any other surface.. Snotty, snobby..

No way.. My Stall jack is an anvil made from 1" thick plate that sits on 1X1" angle iron and it is maybe belly button height..

Why so high.. Its so you can stand up erect while shaping shoes since you are bent over the whole time working on them..

So.. There are a ton of fabricated anvils and videos showing the same..

I think it's great.. I think it's also great when these guys build these things..

Maybe the best bang for the buck Is buying a section of 5X5x 15"+ pre hardened 4140 and standing it up on end.. But it simply becomes a matter of function... My first anvil was 15lbs and I used to chase it around while I worked on my knees in front of the furnace grate opening..
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