DeNomad

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  1. ThomasPowers multiple radius hardy tool is is a good idea, thank you. I am on the same page with you regarding sharp edges. I added radiuses quickly to my ASO after a few hours of pounding on it without knowing better. My current issue is edges which are both jagged AND sharp. I am not sure if it was clear in my photos on the long edges, the heel is a little radiused. It looks like someone hit the long edges with a big sledge hammer and making the faceplate come off like shrapnel on the long edges. I think I will grind a radius for a small length, around 2-4" of the long edge where until I can put a decent radius into my work and see how it goes. If I need a sharp edge I have my ASO with sharp edge on one side. Out of curiosity how is the faceplate attached in a cast mould? Is the backside of the faceplate criss-crossed with grooves? I appreciate the advice everyone, thank you. I learned a fair bit about anvils yesterday. Look forward to using this one as the rebound is a huge improvement to my ASO.
  2. Thanks for the replies! BIGGUNDOCTOR, this is cast iron definitely. The tip about drilling into the bottom and getting grey chips should go in the sticky at the top of the anvils section, thank you. ThomasPowers, the starting width of the face is 4 inches, so if I milled off 1/4" on each side I would have about 3.5" left to use. Seems like that is on the skinny side. I might be able to retain more width by milling 1/8" per side and grinding a radius, about 3-3/4" width. The entire length on the long edge is jagged, so I figured it wouldn't be great for half faced blows. Perhaps I would be better off trying to blend it with the grinder although I would end up with 1/4 or 3/8" wide profile with a shallow depth.
  3. Hello, looking for some help with identification and some advice on how to use this anvil. Picked it up in rural Alberta, Canada. Thomas Powers method while having a cold one on a porch with friends of the inlaws. A little over 100 lb, maybe 110 lb Previous owner took a grinder to the faceplate, not me. I just wire brushed the sides looking for identification Didn't find any markings, no handling holes on the bottom. There is a mould seam running right down to the feet. Guessing cast iron with a welded steel face. The difference in from faceplate to body is easily visible from the sides. Additionally the rough edge condition might from be from perimeter welding? Could be cast steel but I'm no expert. I attached a video with a "ring" test. Rebound is respectable. Might be a Vulcan, but hoping the experienced folks can give me a bit more information. The edges are really rough, I think I have to do something to make it useable. I might be able to get access to a mill at work. Would it be advisable to mill off the rough portion of the perimeter and skim the faceplate? For the edges if I was to take it down to the good material I would have to remove around .250-.300 inches per side. I am worried that doing this might cause the faceplate to pop off. Not sure if faceplates like this are forge welded? Advice would be appreciated Video with ring test at this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/cnLskf5LDSox96DZ9 Some photos below.