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How to build a Rustic Anvil Stand

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This is my first anvil, I had been using a rail anvil that you can see in my other posts, it worked great for what it was but I was ready to upgrade. This is my 110lb Vulcan and stand that I made today, let me know what you think.

Start with 2, 2x12x12 untreated boards and cut 6, 23.5in pieces. There is a small piece left at the end of each board I use on each side of the base of the stand.

All cut, you can see the matching grain of the two boards, after this pic I arrange them so that they alternate.

Pre-drill and screw each board down to the previous, 4 screws per board.

Level out with a belt sander.

Trace the base and cut footings on the bandsaw to help hold the anvil steady.

First burn before staining

The stain is just vinegar and a rusty hammer head that I let soak for a couple days.

Stain once and let dry.

Go over with the torch one more time. Blacksmiths know you can never use too much fire, haha.

For a tool holder I used an 84" leather strap, cut down to 54" for the main piece, split and cut down for little belt loops with the left over.

First time using the anvil! Punch holes and set the rivets. Under the small straps next to the rivets on the sides I pre-drill and screw the main strap to the base to hold it up and keep the screws out of sight.


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looks good the leather strap is what my great great great grandfather used on his cotton wood stump. the next one you build you might try using a back strap and a smaller front strap instead of cutting all the little loops you keep the front strap solid and make the loops.

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Love the tool holder! If I didn't have a stump handy I might have to make one just like it.
I do some woodworking, the vinegar-rust mix is a pretty typical potion for 'ebonizing' certain woods. It's great for getting that worn out look.

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Well done all round. I have to agree though, rustic isn't quite the right word, that's be a block or whatever else was available. On the other hand it doesn't really matter so long as it does the job.

Frosty The Lucky.

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That is a nice looking stand!

I did mine in a similar fashion, laminating 2x12s. I set mine in silicone caulk as suggested by many since I live in a residential neighborhood and need to kill the ring, and kill the ring it did.

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I need to get a picture of a couple of my stands---made from *VERY* aged 2x10" oak used as the floor of a horse trailer and aged till the trailer was scrapped.  (scrapyard gave them to me for free!) 


I had to buy the very long bolts used to hold the guardrails onto the wooden posts alongside the road, (20 cents a pound at the scrapyard). 


Cut the boards to proper height---with 2 end boards an inch or two higher to hold the anvil in place.  Lined them up on an I beam turned on it's side and pipe clamped them together.  Drilled them with a bit designed to drill between studs in a wall and ran the bolts in and tightened them up.


Total cost say US$2 a stand and very very rustic---rough sawn, aged and abused oak, unfinished.  (the better stuff is a set of shelves in my smithy)


This gift finally got the last of my using anvils on stands for when I teach---stumps being hard to scrounge in the desert.  Made 3 stands.

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