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Old 05-22-2019, 10:07 AM
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Default Railroad Rail Anvil

Had this chunk of railroad rail for a couple years and the son wanted me to find him an anvil so showed him this. He liked it. So machined the top mostly flat and shaped the horn a little and drilled some mounting holes on the mill with a 4 flute 1/2" end mill. Bubba ran his surface grinder on the top to make it pretty. Flap sanded the whole thing, taped of the top and sprayed some Rustoleum Rust Reformer on it. Even gave him a large ball peen hammer to beat shit on it. He is very happy with it.

Advised him to get a 10 or 12 foot 2x12 and cut to the height and screw them together to sit the anvil on. Lag bolts to attach it to the base.
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:05 AM
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WoW, That looks really good nicest one I have seen made by far...
That's a Sweet job of it...
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:06 AM
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Nice! Railroad track is a great way to get started in blacksmithing and see if you even like it, without spending a bunch of money on an anvil. If you have the time, tools, and desireā€¦ I'd suggest machining the top down a little bit more to get sharp corners. Either way, I'm sure he will love it.
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Thanks for the compliments. Only took 30 minutes with the torch and 30 minutes with the flap sander and 1 hour on the mill.
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Nice job!!!! I no longer have the one I made, my son thought that he could use it more than me
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:09 PM
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Nice job!!!! I no longer have the one I made, my son thought that he could use it more than me
Kinda similar here too!
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So when using it....do you start singing "john Henry was a steel drivin' man " ?

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So when using it....do you start singing "john Henry was a steel drivin' man " ?

Don't think he is old enough to know that one.
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They are Both very nicely made and good looking anvils...

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my son thought that he could use it more than me
My son is the same way I really don't mind if he thinks he can use or have better use of my tools
The problem is he does not think about putting the tools back after using or borrowing them... then he gets this very odd notion that because he still has it, It somehow becomes automatically his...
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Had this chunk of railroad rail for a couple years and the son wanted me to find him an anvil so showed him this. He liked it. So machined the top mostly flat and shaped the horn a little and drilled some mounting holes on the mill with a 4 flute 1/2" end mill. Bubba ran his surface grinder on the top to make it pretty. Flap sanded the whole thing, taped of the top and sprayed some Rustoleum Rust Reformer on it. Even gave him a large ball peen hammer to beat shit on it. He is very happy with it.

Advised him to get a 10 or 12 foot 2x12 and cut to the height and screw them together to sit the anvil on. Lag bolts to attach it to the base.
Nice looking anvil Chris. That should be quite useful and way cheaper than buying one.
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