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Stand Anvil Vulcan Rustic Tool holder

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#1 Daniel.85


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:29 PM

This is my first anvil, I had been using a rail anvil that you can see in my other posts, it worked great for what it was but I was ready to upgrade. This is my 110lb Vulcan and stand that I made today, let me know what you think.

Start with 2, 2x12x12 untreated boards and cut 6, 23.5in pieces. There is a small piece left at the end of each board I use on each side of the base of the stand.
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All cut, you can see the matching grain of the two boards, after this pic I arrange them so that they alternate.
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Pre-drill and screw each board down to the previous, 4 screws per board.
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Level out with a belt sander.
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Trace the base and cut footings on the bandsaw to help hold the anvil steady.
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First burn before staining
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The stain is just vinegar and a rusty hammer head that I let soak for a couple days.
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Stain once and let dry.
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Go over with the torch one more time. Blacksmiths know you can never use too much fire, haha.
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For a tool holder I used an 84" leather strap, cut down to 54" for the main piece, split and cut down for little belt loops with the left over.
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First time using the anvil! Punch holes and set the rivets. Under the small straps next to the rivets on the sides I pre-drill and screw the main strap to the base to hold it up and keep the screws out of sight.
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Posted 16 May 2012 - 06:53 PM

looks good the leather strap is what my great great great grandfather used on his cotton wood stump. the next one you build you might try using a back strap and a smaller front strap instead of cutting all the little loops you keep the front strap solid and make the loops.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 09:38 PM

That's a beauty! Nice DIY Anvil stand!

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#4 Jacques


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 03:11 AM

Very nice. I will try the vingar stain bit, have never heard of that one before.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:18 AM

Very very nice. Thank you for sharing. I use Dark Cherry Minwax stain for many wood applications.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 01:29 AM

Gourmet anvil stand, LOL! Very nice work.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 11:43 AM

Perhaps a set of hand forged handles to make it easier to carry?
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#8 Robert Yates

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 01:35 PM

I love it looks awesome I have a tone of elk hide and ruff saw wood


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Posted 31 July 2012 - 02:00 PM

Love the tool holder! If I didn't have a stump handy I might have to make one just like it.
I do some woodworking, the vinegar-rust mix is a pretty typical potion for 'ebonizing' certain woods. It's great for getting that worn out look.
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:23 PM

that almost looks too pretty to use...
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Posted 08 August 2012 - 05:05 PM

That is a nice job, I really like the finish on the wood and the leather strapping for tools. Just beautiful.

#12 Roy Honcho Gregory

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:27 PM

Nice, that will do the job for sure

#13 robert hanford

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 12:22 AM


#14 Dave Budd

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Posted 16 August 2012 - 12:56 AM

very pretty stand :) I don't think rustic is the right description though, to me a rustic anvil stand is a log! How long will the straps last?
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Posted 18 August 2012 - 05:24 PM

really cool

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:29 AM

Good work, you puts lots into it and you will get more out of it. something to be proud of to be sure.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:32 PM

Well done all round. I have to agree though, rustic isn't quite the right word, that's be a block or whatever else was available. On the other hand it doesn't really matter so long as it does the job.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 02:16 AM

Thanks for the idea.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:13 AM

Looks great!

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:11 PM

Thanks for the idea. I just finished my stand using your idea. Now I just need to try it out.

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