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  1. Bluemoon ... I sympathise with your intention of surprising your husband with an anvil. What you don't say is what your budget is nor what date do you need this for. If you read this forum, you will find that buying a good quality second hand anvil at a decent price is an adventure that takes month if not years of searching. A typical anvil weighs in around 120-150 lb and folks pay from $ 200 to $600 and this just as an indication. Your location and the condition of the anvil play a role, if cast or forged, manufacturer etc. If you want to undertake this search, look for the "Thomas Powers anvil purchase method". may be someone can post a link to it ... You have a further alternative to the above, and that is to buy a new anvil. New anvils can be divided in two sorts. Forged and cast. Forged anvils are typically of high quality and of course dearer. Cast anvils are made in China, sold in hardware stores and e-bay, cost a fraction of the forged ones, are frown upon and called ASO (anvil shaped object) Having said all this, I venture that a chinese cast anvil may actually be more useful than a railroad anvil, even if shaped in fancy ways.
  2. Sure, that is why I posted a link with US rebar sizes and codes. As far as my post in reply to a not helpful reply from the marble tower, I find this type of finger wagging replies very irritating because they discourage others and achieve nothing. Then again my irritated reply achieved very little to. Point taken.
  3. A bit about the US rebar, mostly apparently made from old cars ... so a bit of a mixed bag. Must say that it is not the same in other countries who use a wide variety of standards for their concrete reinforcing bars ...
  4. Interesting nonsensical attempt at not replying. I suggest ... if you know the answer, as opposed to simply possess "common knowledge" ... that you kindly explain to the simple folk in this forum who are thirsty for one or two words of wisdom dropped from above, and let us know about alloys and all that and if there is a difference between large and small. I, and the rest of the audience I believe ... await with baited breath.
  5. If that is true or not I can not say, but knowing about wax worms I can tell you they will not be very useful for reducing plastic pollution since they don't go underground nor in the water.
  6. I would like to hear from someone who has used an anvil in a backpack for training ...
  7. Sure. I think that in relation to anvil "repairs" because there are so many anvils around gathering dust, and in the wrong hands, the idea that someone will eventually "have a go" at making it "new again", without having any intention of using it for what it was intended is sort of inevitable. To me it is like taking an authentic Chippendale antique table and sand off the top back to flat (to get rid of all those unsightly dings) and applying a coat of polyester two pack lacquer to it ... (oh my I shudder at the thought) and give the carving another coat of polyester resin for good measure.
  8. Yes, bad advice in relation to anvils is rather common. Have a look at this Hay Budden "renovation" However I like this the most
  9. Ha ha, reminds me of a hippy friend of mine who used to make "antiques" and flog them off at a hippy market. He made a rather nice chest and was heavy on detail to make it look old, including punching small holes on the base like borer holes. A customer soon showed a lot of interest and was about to open his wallet when he turned it around and saw the fake borer holes. He refused to buy for fear of infesting his home with borers and no amount of reassurance that it had been gassed convinced him and he left. The next day the chest was up for sale again this time the holes had a good dose of putty.
  10. Distressing or ageing wood works if the wood has two different strata, one soft and one hard. Softwood, real soft like poplar or weeping willow, does not have this. Brush it with a wire brush and all you get is a series of scratches in the wood. Spruce and douglas fir have natural hard and soft rings and there you can scrape off the soft and get the harder rings to stand out and give the drift-wood effect if you brush along the fibres. What burning achieves is a differential burning. The softer rings turn to coal quicker than hard wood rings and so you can brush off the charred softwood off and get a much better effect.
  11. Well ... false cognates and false friends are different things. Embarrassed in english and embarazada in spanish are two words that sound close but mean something completely different. Those are false friends. Obligado and arigato (thank you in portuguese and japanese) are false cognate, sounding the same (or close), meaning the same yet having different etymology. Cognates comes from latin meaning relatives. It means "in law" in Italian, sort of the same thing. But in the case of "embarazada" in spanish meaning pregnant, there is a cultural explanation. Pregnancy in a culture that considered all things related to reproduction shameful and sinful, becoming pregnant was in fact embarrassing. Not going as far as russian that literary means burden or punishment, gravida in italian (loaded) but being happy in chinese. If you want to be on the safe side, say "encinta" in spanish or "incinta" in italian ... and don't forget that pregnant in english has an equivalent in spanish, that is "preñada" meaning pregnant yes, but used for animals, so ... don't use it unless on the farm And on the False Cognates front, that expression reminds me of a friend from Indonesia who told me that when he went to the US, every mexican was approaching him in spanish to his great distress. He kept on saying sorry I don't understand a word you are saying I am not mexican! But he looks like one.
  12. "..........accepted popular usage trumps academic/historical meaning every single time....." Oh my ... reminds me of the so called 'false friends' where words that sound the same but have different meaning are borrowed from one language into another with atrocious results. Unfortunately the false friends of translators end up in the respective dictionaries victim of political correctness and an urge to be seen as progressive.
  13. Hi Marc, welcome. Yes that is a good anvil to start with and not a bad price for starters. Don't worry about the tail end and use it as it is. Unusual and very old it seems. Get stuck in making a stand for it ... or is it her?
  14. RHS 100x50x5 would be my choice, but an old lintel section be it T or angle with a decent thickness of 6mm or 1/4" would do just fine. Some prefer the hollow section so that they can fill it with sand. Can't say I know if it works or not. Probably does. Glue the anvil with some tough silicone to the stand and Bob is your father's brother.
  15. Yes, it has been said too many times that making your own tool is the way to learn blacksmithing. It is not. It may have been 100 years ago when the apprentice worked 12 hours under the blacksmith supervision, and made his tools after he had finished.