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Old 01-18-2007, 12:15 AM
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Today at lunch I was chatting with one of my coworkers about projects at home. As I was telling him about my oldest daughter wanting to make roses for her 4-H welding project and needing to find an anvil or large chunk of steel he stood up and walked over to his bench. Ok I'm thinking that I bored him to tears and had heard enough. Well he started digging into a pile of parts and pulled out 2 anvils. One is a 20Lb identical to the one I already had and the other is a 50Lb vulcan with the horn broke off. At that point I'm thinking cool, wonder what he wants for them. We talked for a few more minutes before I asked how much, NOTHING! All I have to do is make sure that my girls get to use them, no problem they're intrested so I will do my best to teach.
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Old 01-18-2007, 12:26 AM
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As long as I'm talking about smithing how about some more pics. These were all left behind by former owner of my place. The forge is going to be put to work soon however I don't have much coal so a supplier will be needed soon. The post vise has gotten 3 nights worth of attention all I have to do now is find a good place to mount it in my garage. Last pic is the hand crank drill press that will get attention some day and be brought back to a useable state.
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:25 AM
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Looks good-nothing like a freebie .
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Old 01-18-2007, 07:44 AM
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Dr. Dean- the anvils should be o.k. for forging the roses, but will be too small for any serious heavy forging. Vulcans were a low end anvil, I had two and got good use of them until I traded for a good forged steel Peter Wright anvil. Due to their makeup, Vulcans give no rebound and thus you work much harder to get the same result.

The forge looks good, if the fire pot isnt burnt out, hearth rusted, or the blower seized up, then you should be good to go. Wish I had a coal forge that size.

Post vice and drill press look great. You sometimes can find the square shanked bits for these presses on E-bay. I did. Or you can replace the chuck with a jacobs chuck. I havent done it to mine, but Jock Dempsey over on Anvilfire can explain how this is done.

Hope this gives you some useful info. (man, I'm getting long winded in my old age)
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Old 01-18-2007, 11:48 AM
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The top two anvils, Look like what was commonly used for the base for fastening some of the old vises to the table or bench, and are more than likely just cast iron.
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Old 01-18-2007, 02:50 PM
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Old 01-18-2007, 09:27 PM
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If you wanna try out the old forge buy some charcoal the hardwood kind from Wallmart not the brickets thats how i think you say it the chunks when i first started shoeing I only used charcoal its a first time fire everytime use some starter fluid let it get to burnin about the same as a hamberger fire crank up the blower and let her roll. Now it aint no where as cheap as coal but sure is easier to weld in
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Old 01-19-2007, 11:47 AM
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How do you break an anvil? I just have to hear some options here.

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Old 01-19-2007, 04:18 PM
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Scott,
My Grandad broke his by blowing it up with black powder on Independence Day. Busted it right in half.
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:43 PM
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It is possible to break the heel off of an anvil if you get a hardy tool wedged in wrong & are trying to remove it.

You got anything to add on this Jr. ?

On the other paw, once I was attempting to "walk" a 100 lb. Vulcan on its wooden stand across the shop, using one hand instead of the proper two. The anvil slipped its clamps and went across the shop a short distance & landed at an angle, striking horn first on the concrete floor. Nary a ding. Go figure.
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