foundryguy

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    Holland Michigan
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    Cast Metals

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  1. foundryguy

    Fontanini vs Nimba

    Thanks on the anvil coments, so far so good. I think we have sold around 20, mostly the 85 lb. My son Hobie is studying Chemical Engineering at Western Michigan University and is helping us out for the Summer. He is rocking some dread locks but hopefully not for long.
  2. foundryguy

    Fontanini vs Nimba

    Mike, I would love to sell you an anvil or at least let you see what we are up to. My facebook page, Holland Anvil is my link to the outside world at the moment and you can contact me there if you would like. We pour H13 frequently and love the way it hardens, that is why we chose it. I appreciate being mentioned with Fontanini and Nimbas as they are terrific tools and the castings are made in the USA. Have a fine day and buy American, it matters! Cheers Thank you for thinking of me. We are casting a couple of 250 double horns this week. Swage blocks are in the planning stage as well.
  3. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    Most are 8630 steel. Strong but not very hard
  4. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    Going with completed, at least for now. The art is in the heat treat and I want anything with my name on it to be done correctly. Cheers,
  5. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    The casting does look great I must say. When we took it out of the blast we all gave it a wow! 1st articles can be a struggle at times. It was so hot we had to put it on an iron plate as a skid would have burned. The crown down the center line would be the parting and draft, at least on mine, both top and bottom. We would need to get the bottom flat by grinding so it would sit on a flat surface. A couple of guys that have hard verbal orders want them milled so we will see how it goes and keep track of the time involved and cost. On hardening, H13 gets hardened completely, not surface hardened. All of my commercial castings are sold annealed as they go into tool shops for machining. In extrusion dies like a wheel mold they are typically used in that condition as hardening does not help with wear. Other applications require hardening, depends on the end use. We use a world class heat treater 30 miles from my shop and I am relying on their expertise on the process which is a vacuum process with a quench of i believe Nitrogen then a couple of tempers. I appreciate everyone comments over the past few months. Have a fine day and cheers! When the asparagus starts to pop I will be in your hood a few times. I will bring a few anvils up and meet you at the Brown Bear for one. Thanks for the kind words
  6. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    No sir, poured yesterday, still very hot! Question for you, if i ground them like we do all castings top and bottom and belt sanded the top would that be adequate in your opinion? If I do not need to mill them like I have been doing the smaller ones it would save a ton of labor and I could sell them at a cheaper price. TGIF and thank you!
  7. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    Here is our newest creation. Poured yesterday. H13 tool steel, 450 lb casting.
  8. foundryguy

    Swage block stand

    I see them on blacksmith depot. Back to the drawing board
  9. foundryguy

    Swage block stand

    Is there a market for a block like that one? It is a simple casting, draft on the sides and easy to make. The blocks with holes and square openings are a tougher part to make in the foundry as every one would need a core. Similar material and hardness to an anvil?
  10. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    haha, i just sent her a note on it. Thanks! I will get them too you, thanks.
  11. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    Frosty, thank you for the kind words. My lady is good with a camera and the sound is super cool for sure. Cheers The as cast face is drafted from the center line outward, it is drafted for molding. It is also a cast, rough finish. I would like to help you out but not sure it would be an ideal set up. I can shoot you a pic if you care to see it.
  12. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    Pattern is done so I should be able to pour one late this week or early next. I will get a photo out once I have a casting. Lots of interest in it and doing one in that shape in the 225 lb range. 400 lbs is not a big casting for us so it should work fine.
  13. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    The heat treat bills are killers and there is no way around them to do it right! Mill, drill and polish is a bit time consuming as well. 8640 would save me a bunch of cash at heat treat but I am going to stick with my H13 program.
  14. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    Thank you, it's been fun but alot of work and expense making them.
  15. foundryguy

    Show me your anvil

    Here is a bounce test on my 85 lb H13. VID-20180422-WA0007.mp4VID-20180422-WA0007.mp4