Ted Ewert

Steel and concrete anvil stand

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You might want to consider trying certain types of mortar that don't shrink or even expand slightly when curing to be sure the fill doesn't pull away from the sides. 

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Thanks for the suggestion. It's not as much shrinkage as it is design. Any impact has a cone shaped shock wave. Thicker steel would provide a larger surface area for the load once it hits the mortar. I was curious how well thin metal would work and I found out. 

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Sometimes failure teaches us more than success.

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I've had so many "failed" experiments that I just consider it data. You can never really get a good feeling for a material or mechanism until you push it to the limit. 

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19 minutes ago, HojPoj said:

Is there a utilization plan for the remnants of the data point?

I'll salvage what I can and throw the rest away, if that's what you mean. I still have great faith in mortar and concrete as a stiffener or backing, it just has to be used within its capabilities. Every application has different requirements, so consideration of limitations has to be made. I'm in the process of yet another project involving concrete, but I'll start another thread for that.

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Ted, I think that your anvil stand has been beaten to death in this thread.  I'm surprised it's still holding up the anvil (tongue in cheek comment......)  If it works for you, so be it!!!!!  Happy forging!

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