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8 hours ago, Lchaloner said:

Haha, i'll DM you a link.  But I warned you it was bad. 

That is a great video or your build.  Well done and i am envious of your work. Well done and great video.  

The build is epic and deserves to be posted in the anvil thread. 

Nice build..   

Sorry, and its not really my place. but this is a quality build and worthy of sharing..  

Shoot me if I am wrong and nice job.  I apologize ahead of time and beg for forgiveness.. 

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How refreshing is that! 

A quality build without claims of mastery.

Well done mate ( are you sure you are not Australian? ) 

Your anvil deserves the term "Design anvil" rather than improvised anvil.

Good for you

Looking forward to see what you forge on it. :)

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Thanks Marc1!  Nah, I wouldn't wish an Australian accent on anyone ;)  I'm looking forward to seeing what gets forged on it too.  Gotta get the forge build rolling first.

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You can always lay some hardfacing rod onto the surfaces if you like.  You say mild steel, but do you know what were they used for originally? I see they were bolted to something at one time, and have you tried heat treating a sample yet? They may be a medium carbon alloy that will toughen up with some torch work.

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Thanks Flatliner.  Biggundoctor, on hard facing rod...you are right, I have seen people do that but I haven't yet spent the time to research how to do it myself or see if I would get a huge benefit from it.  With regards to hardening... I bought it from a Blacksmith near me that told me it was hardened (i bought it at scrap steel prices and thought it could have been anything).  It looked like an enormous die of some sort from a press. 40 inches long, 160lbs, couple of huge bolt holes and a hexagonal profile on the top.  When I ground it down it felt just like a massive piece of mild steel to me.  Guess it is time to research how I would test and harden it or how I would work with facing rod.  Thanks for the input on the improvements.

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The exact rod of choice must be chosen carefully, as I found out. I recall the head of the welding department in college told us about surfacing rods having the tendency to leave spider web cracks, as mine did. Talk to the rod manufacturer, that is the best advice I can give you. Nice work, so far.

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If they were dies from a press I'd imagine they'd be some type of tool steel. The sparks from the grinder in your video don't look very high carbon, but there could be other alloying metals that don't noticeably change the spark characteristics.

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How I test big pieces is to either cut a thin slice off, or just heat a corner with a torch and water cool it. Then hit it with a file.

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you can also use a gas torch with a cutting tip or welding tip and heat a spot on a corner quickly and as soon as it reaches the 1750 or little hotter, just shut the gas off.  If done correctly and fast enough it will indeed harden.. 

you can also do this with a TIG as the heat is instant. 

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This beautiful piece just followed me home. A 150 kg or 300 lbs UAT anvil. Thank you very much to the generous patron from where I received this masterpiece of Belgian iron casting. I thanked him with a special piece of bronze casting from the melting furnaces of Forge & Furnace Tumulus. An anvil for an anvil. This anvil complements my collection in addition to a 70 kg (140 lbs) and a 125 kg (250 lbs) UAT, I now also own the aforementioned tool. On the advertising brochure from the 1920s you can see they have more brothers and sisters.

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Hi Bart, where exactly are you in Hasselt and its surroundings? Personally, I stay in Gingelom I am not far from you as the crow flies. So always welcome to just dive into the (my) shop, exchange experiences and drink a coffee, beer or whiskey. Btw made the 70kg UAT silent with a rubber sheat and some cains.
Jennifer, thank you for your nice response, but anyway this anvil collection is nothing compared to the beautiful building that just rises on your property.

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Nice of you to say.   Been in a stand still with the weather. I need like a week of good weather with no rain and decent temps to get part of it done. I might just do a bay at a time. 

What do you guys run into for swedish style double horn anvils.  I know Belgium is a different country but there is something about the narrower Swedish pattern that intrigues me. 

Those anvils are still really nice.  I'd love to give one a spin. 

 

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Took me months to find something local and within my budget but it was worth the wait. #301 John Powell all ready to put in some work

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300 lbs. is a nice shop size. Did it come with the stand or did you make it to fit? I assume this isn't it's new home in the shop is it? 

Close up pics please? Anvil porn is popular here you know. :)

Frosty The Lucky.

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Irondragon, Thank you for the thread, i did try and find some more info on them as a whole but couldn't find a lot. I could only see that a lot of them are missing the heal so im going to mount a 1" x 12" x 12" plate i have to another stump to use for a hardy.
 Frosty,  It didn't come with the stump, i found one locally for free and chiseled out the anvil shape by hand. Its no longer sat there now, i did try it as i've only 10' x 10' shop space, minus a 7' x 2.5' bench and was getting a lot of condensation due to lack of ventilation but it only took a few days for the weather to tear apart the gazebo so now its back inside all nice and cozy. Got a CO monitor and sorted out the ventilation situation so i'm comfortable working in there now. Ill see what pictures i have and edit them in, lacking that ill get some tomorrow and add to the workshop and vices forums too 

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