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  1. JHCC Romantic idea you had. Use the cast iron anvil as a boat anchor a candle holder or a door stop and if you want so much to built a swage block by your self, use a chunk of mild steel. The term "Chinese cast iron anvil" does not sound good for my smithy and certainly not good for other people's smithies...
  2. I would go for electrolysis. Well I restored a German wrought iron blacksmith vise using electrolysis. Take a look at my videos on Youtube. Electrolysis allows you to get a nice finish on metal surface. I did not have a long enough tub for the leg/fixed arm, so I built a wood frame, and used 4 layers of plastic sheet to improvise a tub. It worked perfectly.
  3. Brewny, Take a look at this video I published on Youtube. I tried to use leaf spring as a top plate of an anvil but steel composition showed me why my decision was wrong. Leaf spring, most probably 5160 is almost unweldable as part of an anvil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkQgx7GqU4M&list=PLxAZAWFQq-PWxctDvqAQJ-7rCpB6WK_WO&ab_channel=caotropheus I improvised and built several anvils throughout the years (take a look at my youtube channel), I have a real anvil 200 kg, but the anvil I use the most is a chisel from an hydraulic breaker I secured upright with a stand.
  4. Check as well several spots of the top plate with a small hammer and/or ball bearing to see if there are no delaminations. Yes it looks like the anvil come out of a fire and was exposed to the elements for a long period of time.
  5. I made a small repair in my wrought iron German vice with 7018 rods. It was the first time I arc welded wrought iron I was surprise with the good results.
  6. Music? Now I am really confused...I never add music to my videos. I am a lousy video maker, I use a lousy camera and I am even lousier video editor...I really do not know what video you were watching. I made a playlist for this project and I think the heat treatment of the anvil (Part 5) and top plate steel selection (Part 2) are the most interesting. Is it possible that an hacker is using my YT username or links? Frosty the lucky, please, I am happy you comment my posts. I consider you one of key participants in IFI and your comments are always among the ones I learn the most.
  7. Frosty, I am lost and confused. Are you sure you are referring to my videos? I do not accelerate videos or show my self cutting drilling or welding stock... Beside that, my camera is not the best, I do not have a tripod or the best sound... People I think I introduced new elements in my videos when I present microscope pictures of hardenable steel interface after being welded with 7018 rods and what happens to this interface after being hardened. I think it is something new I never saw in any other amateur video/ amateur metal hobbyist like I am...
  8. I added just now one more video to the playlist, probably the most interesting (heat treatment) of the list.
  9. I am still editing videos. This is what I made so far... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq6Cu67Cm6U&list=PLxAZAWFQq-PWxctDvqAQJ-7rCpB6WK_WO&ab_channel=caotropheus
  10. I vote for the U-bolt style bracket. I have two blacksmith vices in use and the German vice is bolted to the mounting plate and it is much more solid. You can see here details of the mounting plate/vice securing bracket.
  11. Paying double the price of scrap and removing the anvil from the sellers premises is making him a big favour. No one knows what is the delamination condition of the remaining top plate though a picture. I would buy this anvil at the right price as a challenge to repair it using the Robb Gunther and Karl Schuler method... But that is me, I like this type of challenge.
  12. A friend sold me 300 kg coke for 150 USD, home delivery. Was it a good price?
  13. Greetings During my journey on ways to "homemade" an anvil, this is my third construction. This time I decide to try to weld a top plate of hardenable steel. The main body of the anvil is mild steel, the top plate has its origin in a plough share. Before welding the top plate, I tested the reaction of the plough share steel to 7018 welding. So, I took my stereoscopic microscopic and made some pictures. Everything seemed to be O.K, no cracks or separation between welding and steel. So I built the anvil you see above. The top plate covers only the main body and the a
  14. Thank you guys for your replies As you may see, the floor is concrete. I had heavy massive objects (anvils and chucks of steel) falling on the ground and nothing happened. Unfortunately I have no space to store a pallet jacket. I am still wondering where I am going to put the power hacksaw and the lathe... Raising and lowering is ok, after all I rise the bench 20 mm from the floor and the stand legs are slant for added stability.
  15. I am here doing some experimentation. I have four nice vices that I can use and very limited space. So inspired by this idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnZAD1odYoA (At minute 6:42) I made this stand with recycled and left over materials After I bolted the vices I noticed they may interfere one with each other, but time will tell. You can see as well one of the dollies. The all contraption weighs about 200 kg. If needed, I can always add more weight to the shelf ...
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