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That's a sweet anvil Nirve.

Here are my favorite personal improvised anvils. 129 lb oil well drill hammer I believe it's s5, 65 lb block of s7, two 2" by 8" fork lift forks welded back to back for a combined weight of 260 lbs.

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Thank you all. I got really lucky finding it. Someone with a local machine shop bought it at auction from the navy because come on, big honking chunk of steel, but I guess the jobs he had planned fell through so it was hanging out taking up space. He paid $75 and I paid $150. Figured he was giving me a good deal so I wasn’t gonna fuss too much. I have another piece that I use because as Glenn NM mentioned it’s a little tall. I’m a dumb dumb though; my immediate thought was to find a place to cut it down rather than build a simple platform. Couple 2x4s and a piece of plywood are way easier to move than that thing.

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This is my improvised anvil that I just recently started forging with.  Built a  steel stand with hammer and tong holders built into it.  It is a large roll for a turning machine from a job I had previously had that they were tossing because it had a crack in it at the corner of the keyway slot.  It is hardened 4140.

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Excellent anvil. I keep envisioning a little welding turning the keyway into a hardy hole. I don't recall if you said earlier, is it a 1" keyway? It looks about that size from here. Sweet anvil.

Frosty The Lucky.

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On 8/27/2018 at 10:35 PM, FlatLiner said:

Just picked this RR car knuckle up in a gas station parking lot on a work trip for free fifty free. I saw it and asked about it they said if you want it take it.

If you spray some foam in the holes it will quiet it down a bit (spray foam in a can )

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great score!  I need to start a quest for a better anvil.  My old pig iron one has taken a beating.  I still need to save up to have cash on hand to start the TPAAAT, so Improvised is the way to go.

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New knife maker here. I’ve gotten comfortable with stock removal and have been dying to get going on some San Mai. Went and bought a cheap welder for the billet stacks and found this almost perfectly flat piece of steel, 2” thick. Maybe a little more. Stacked some 4x4s for a stand.. but then when I was walking my dog, I found tons of tree stumps on this trail I take. Wonder if that would make the banging a little quieter for the neighbors.. thoughts? 

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The stumps will probably work better for you. With wood you want the anvil sitting on the end grain. Dido on what Thomas said, and mount it firmly to reduce the ring. A bead of caulk underneath with help also.

David

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You lose some energy in the system with every interface between the anvil and the ground, so a stump has two: Anvil/stump, stump/ground. Stacking the wood that way gives you 9 as I count.  Building it of dimensional lumber with the grain running vertically would have given you 2.  I know there are many examples on the net of doing it that way---usually posted by people with little or no blacksmithing experience---a classic example of the blind leading the blind.

Now with a stump you can actually modify it to hold that anvil flat or up on edge by cutting a slot in the stump's face.

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Great info everyone, much appreciated. Looks like I’ll be loading up a couple tree stumps to pick from. Also great call for tipping it on its side. That makes a lot of sense. I’ll upload an update in a couple days. Thanks again guys 

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The steel plate has 6 sides.  Putting it on edge puts the mass under the hammer. If you wear it out eventually, just rotate it for a new edge.

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I’d also recommend rounding the edges over a little. Sharp edges on the anvil will put cold shunt in your forgings. You could put different radii on different edges or just small on all with one edge that tapers from small to large... Lots of options, but sharp is “generally” bad. (Unless, you actually want to cut with it.)

Welcome aboard,

David

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Sorry about using the quote feature. I just read the Read This First sent by a Mod. I should’ve read that first lol. 
 

Thanks for the tip about rounding the edges. I’ll bust out the angle grinder and take care of that tonight. I wish work wasn’t a thing so I could go stump hunting tomorrow. I also have to figure out how to get them from the trail back to my car (it’s a long trail). 
 

Will post updates 

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9 minutes ago, Seffers93 said:

I just read the Read This First sent by a Mod. I should’ve read that first lol. 

Funny how that works....

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