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I have built that one some time ago, as my older wooden stand was used to make sheet metal bending work and has no real straight surface. That stand is for my 71,5 Kg Söding und Halbach Anvil.



Plate is 2cm thick (and stiffed by 60x15mm flat bar) and legs are T 80x60x8 mm. That is my first metal stand and i never forged on one before ( that was one of the reasons why i didn't just take another wooden stand)



i have also got a 6mm Polyurethan sheet as layer between anvil and stand.



the holes and some threads are there to put some tools in and adjust them as i need them... i tried to keep it as modular as possible.


Pictures are from my balcony and today it will be brought to my base smithy... jepp i'm very excited! ;)

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  • 4 months later...

My new anvil stand for my 100kg anvil.


My old one was just a plywood box filled with sand, it served me well for a few years but I decided I need something more robust.


The steel is 50 x 100mm channel from the scrap yard, and lots of grinding and welding later I ended up with this.


A piece of hardwood between the anvil and stand, and two pieces of angle holding the anvil to the stand.


I also drilled and tapped 8mm holes around the stand so that I can attach anything to it. I already started making holders for a tool tray. 



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yeah, me and my dad put our heads together over about a week. about 33" high with anvil, 27" without. weighs at least 50 pounds and made with 4x4 posts and 2x6 planks


anvil mounted with holes in the bottom of the anvil. old belt salvaged for tool rack.


Thanks for the kind words ^_^

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Stand for my Peter Wright - built with scrap - 4" c-channel, 10" steel pipe, 1/2" wall, 1/2" steel plate, filled with scrap steel & packed with sand. It ended up a bit short so I added three 2.5" feet so it sits solid on the concrete floor. It took the ear-splitting ring of the anvil & turned it into a dull "thwack"


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My first stand for my first anvil. I need a semi-portable anvil for now. I made this using (4) 4x4 posts and some 2x blocking. I added the 2x8 "fins" for a more stable base.... my brother says it looks like a rocket haha. I used 3/4" plywood for the top and base plate to give it a little more structure and stability.


Seems to be very solid and stable. The straps holding the anvil seemed like a great idea for a newbie standing at the hardware store, but I feel like I will be forging some much more solid as one of my first projects.


Thoughts and recommendations are always welcome.



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Here are mine-

475# German on pecan countersunk in a half inch-

300# HB on a big chunk if some sort of hard wood.. No countersink but wedge bands on the side-

And a hundred pound no name on oak with a half inch sink.. I need hold downs on this one still.




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I cut two 28" lengths from an ash log and squared the ends with a power plane. The RR spike maul weighs 9 pounds, countersunk 3". Height to top is 41" which is really very comfortable for small stuff. So much so, I found myself using it within minutes without even realizing it. It's "purposely removable" in that I want the maul to seat on the bottom of the hole and not have a splitting effect; I can take it out if needed?


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Hello all... newbie here. Bought my first anvil and trying to figure out what kind of stand to make: stump, make a wood stand or make a metal stand. Looking for recommendations, opinions and thoughts from the experts here. I have two buddies who are helping me learn about blacksmithing and one says to do a stump stand and the other says a metal one. I have a Trenton 127# anvil  that I need to put on it.


Also, a question... I rent space at a friends shop. I do not own a forge yet, so I was thinkin if I were to build one and put a set of wheels on it (like Copiercer's pic) it would enable me to move it from my area to my friend's forge area - at least until I get my own forge. 


Pros or cons for wood (stump or made of lumber) or metal and with or without wheels?


Thanks in advance everyone! Appreciate the guidance

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Welcome aboard, glad to have you. Anvil stands are one of those things every blacksmith has his own favorite opinion about and probably a couple second best alternates. Get ready for the storm, you're gonna hear a bunch of em. Of course you could just read through the anvil section stands have been covered a whole bunch of times, hundreds at least.


However, I'll be happy to get the ball rolling. I prefer a fabricated steel stand for a few reasons. First it's solid and steady. A steel stand really quietens an anvil down, the interface between the anvil foot and the steel stand damps resonance so the anvil can't ring. It's like touching a bell mid ring. Legs allow you to work as close to the anvil as you need to, you won't have to stop at the wood block or stub your toes. Lastly their lighter, my old spruce anvil block weighed about 150lbs when it was dry, it's fabricated steel replacement is around 60lbs.


And them's my two cents.


Frosty The Lucky.

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