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How big an anvil?  What type of smithing do you do? I have 2 I made from a mine timber---I'd have to measure their exact dimensions---that have worked well for me with 165# anvils.  I added the handles as they are part of the travel kit.  Been using them for about 15 years so far.

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My anvil sits on a 12"x12" block just like that. It isn't secured to the ground with anything, but sometimes when working on the horn it does rotate around (block and all) a bit. But I'm not chasing it around anywhere. How heavy is your anvil? If it's lighter than 150#s you may have more trouble with it moving around on you. 

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The anvil is 100lbs. I haven’t done any smithing yet, I am in the process of setting up. I plan on starting with the basics, practising proper technique before moving on to blades or various art projects when I improve. Everybody makes knives so eventually I would like to make more unique pieces. 

 

It does have 3/4 inch holes at the feet. Should I bolt it to the block or use that flat bar or chain to secure? 

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Use what you have to mount it down. It doesn’t need to be anything special, just so long as it pulls the anvil down tight. The tighter it is the lower the ring, which your ears and your neighbors will appreciate. Of course a good bed of cheap silicone caulk makes a dig difference in the ring also...

I just used rr spikes in predrilled holes for mine. (It’s what I had and got me to work fast. It’s not going to be fun if I ever want to remove it from the stump though!)

David

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16 minutes ago, Goods said:

 Of course a good bed of cheap silicone caulk makes a dig difference in the ring also...

David, and anyone else, any thoughts on placing hockey pucks between the anvil and the base, as well as at the bottom of the base? Would this increase the sound or absorb sound? Would it absorb energy or return energy? 

 

Further, here is a pic of the anvil on the block, unsecured until I figure out the best way. 

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4 lag bolts, one for each hole at the foot, would work.  Predrill the holes for the bolts to make things a little easier.

Cut two half circles from 2x something lumber, put them into the curves between the feet and screw it into the stand.

It does not take a whole lot to keep the anvil from falling off the stump.  As mentioned, depending on that you are doing, the anvil and stand may want to twist.  

As the stand is starting to split, so placing a metal band around the stand will support and hold the wood together.

 

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The bed of caulk will do a more to kill the sound than hockey pucks I imagine. It will be in contact with the whole bottom rather than just in a few spots. You could always test that first though by checking the ring with nothing between the anvil and stand, then checking it again with the pucks in place. If it helps then go for it (I would add the caulk too though). 

Are there holes through all four feet of the anvil? If so a lag bolt through each foot and maybe a couple straps around the waist for good measure should be plenty to get that thing mounted.

P.S. As a fellow hockey fan who's your team?

Note that this may affect the quality of the advise I give from this point forward... ;)

Edit: Glenn beat me to the punch.

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On 9/14/2020 at 2:19 PM, Frazer said:

P.S. As a fellow hockey fan who's your team?

Note that this may affect the quality of the advise I give from this point forward... 

If that’s how it’s gonna be then my favourite team is whoever is playing against yours! B)

 

Oilers are the team. But as a Canadian I just enjoy the game, period. I’ll watch any hockey. 

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