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Welcome aboard Brian, glad to have you. Please stop wasting time plug welding sheet metal it'll never make even a poor anvil. Hit the wrecking yards and find a truck axle,  piece of shafting, RR rail, piece of thick plate, etc. for an anvil. Unless you're going to weld the stack into a solid piece of steel is isn't going to have good enough incident of rebound to make an anvil. Even if you were welding late it wouldn't be much of an anvil.

Frosty The Lucky.

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Another decent makeshift anvil is an excavator pin. I just bought a Fisher anvil yesterday, and the guy had several just laying around. Any construction company (or other company that owns heavy machinery) is likely to have some large pieces of steel that are hardened, such as those pins. He gave me (no extra cost after buying the anvil) probably another 150-200 pounds of steel parts, excavator track, cable, and even some unused stock and plate. We just got to talking about interests, and he offered to give me a lot of this extra stuff.

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Well done Kaylee! Being able to carry on a pleasant conversation with folk is invaluable for the scrounger. (long useless ramble deleted

Axles make excellent anvils mounted on end with the flange up. A little dressing with a disk grinder and you not only have a nice sized face with an outstanding depth of rebound but the flanges and lug holes are marvelously handy. The only limit to the tools you can make for them is your imagination.

Bucket hinge pins are usually 4140 or the equivalent. It's excellent steel for tools, dies, hammers, etc. Free makes it like Mana from Hephaestus.

Frosty The Lucky.

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