Red Green Posted January 29, 2010 Share Posted January 29, 2010 Hello, This is a ‘request for comments’ for an ‘open standard’ anvil base, please contribute your ideas and opinions. What I had in mind was an affordable, well designed and easy to transport anvil. Today we have the ability to communicate with a large number of smiths and the vendors who wish to service them. I was thinking an ‘open standard’ anvil base would be a great benefit to many smiths and manufactures of smithing equipment. We should use this to develop an ‘open standard’ anvil base that vendors can depend on to receive their tooling with confidence. What I think should be required is an anvil base that can be built by modern machining or manufactured by a smith, as simple as a good burn out on a block of ‘cheap iron’ or scrap. Designed to accept reasonably easy to obtain pre-made or self built top tooling. This ‘open standard anvil base’ can provide a basis for well made tooling thereby making a good starting anvil available to a great many underfinanced smiths and potentially some wonderful tooling for everyone. I feel like I’m preaching to the choir as I’m sure many others have voiced this idea before. I’m sure many people have some great ideas on how this ‘standard’ should be set up. Perhaps we should start by setting up the requirements and minimums so a manufacturer of equipment can expect their products to work with, or build and offer a ‘standard anvil base’ also. This I believe should be very minimal, we should not limit what or how a tool can be placed on the base nor how or what the base can be made of but only what minimums can be expected. I have an example of what I believe would make a good base, so I’ll start the ball rolling. This is 2 blocks they are 33” X 18” X 2” placed 2” apart. The gap provides space for hardy and pritchel holes and the ‘hold down’ space for wedges or bolt down dogs thru the square holes that are 3” X 3” and are 3” apart and 3” from the top and sides. That is the block, customizations like extra holes, threaded holes or whatever else is added or removed would be just that, a custom application on a standard anvil base. OK now it’s your turn what are your ideas or improvements on this base, or do you have a design? Please submit it here let’s get this going. If we can reach a large enough consensus we should be able to get tool manufactures to take notice. Robert Suter Grapeland, TX Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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