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  1. Hey All, My son and I are just getting into blacksmithing as a hobby. We've got access to a decent shop with welders and we modified a forge from a homemade hand crank deal we found, we just added a bathroom vent fan and it seems to work pretty good. The thing we really lack is an good anvil. We have a small cast hobby anvil, a 8" piece of rail, and a chunk of steel that looks like this its about 10"x6" maybe +/-20lbs. It has a hole in it and it works ok I just havent taken the time to mount it right, I just have it wedged on a 2x6. I have no idea what its original purpose was. Anyway, all that to get to my question. I bought a 2x9x24 slab plate steel drop with the intentions of just standing it up lengthwise and using the 2x9 surface(I'll make a base out of wood) untill we can get something better. But after more research I wonder if I should cut in two and make somthing like this with a 1" plate sandwiched and gapped for hardy hole? The other option is to make one of the striking anvil (Brain Brazeal style?) like I have just learned about. I just wanted get some educated opinions about what we might be better off doing with what we've got and how hard it would be to fabricate. Thanks for ya'lls time.
  2. norrin_radd

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    Side of homemade anvil. Fabricated from 2" plate drop that already had cutouts in it.
  3. norrin_radd

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    Top of homemade anvil. Fabricated from 2" plate drop that already had cutouts in it.
  4. We are just starting out and this is our first decent anvil setup. I'm sure it will evolve as we progress.
  5. Hey guys, I am completely new to black smithing and want to have a go, however before I begin I need some kind of anvil. I've had a look around but no one in my area is selling any so I thought I might try making my own. A friend from work mentioned that you can start by using an off cut section of I-beam as a cheap first anvil. I managed to pick up a section of I-beam 10mm thick 300mm wide and 500mm long and an even wider section of U-beam I was thinking I could weld on top. I was thinking of welding some SHS to support the edges of the I-beam or even some plate steel between the two sections to add weight and stop it from deforming. I'm just wondering if anyone has had any success using I-beam themselves or could give some advice on building mine. If the I-beam idea is no good I also have an old steel weight, that's 150mm wide 200mm long and 100mm deep that I could use however its pretty scratched and would probably need to be ground smooth first.. I know this isn't as good as a proper anvil and I'm keeping my eyes open hoping to find one but hopefully this will do for the basic learning stage. Any advice is welcome Thanks Leon
  6. dustyrode

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    Got a little direction from anvilfire.com, cut up my piece of old track, and this is what I got.