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yup i have a home made rr rail anvil. and as you can imagine that is to tough to make a hardy hole in it so i took some heavy wall pipe, 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 in dia and welded it to the end gave it a couple blows from a hammer and some more passes. all i can say im proud of the job and its solid!! just have to make some tools for it now lol

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I bought a homemade rail anvil at a yard sale for $10 last month..Thought it may come in handy for something(and it has) I took some 5/8" square stock and welded it into a square frame on the back of the anvil. Makes a nice square hardy hole. Put a #4 tip on my torch and knocked a pritchel hole in it too.

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An old timer (Rest in Peace, Harold, I miss talkin with ya!) at the first conference I ever attended gave me this quick and dirty tip if you need a hardy hole on an unconventional anvil like object:

Find a 1" drive impact socket without a purpose or need in the shop (or broken/stripped around the nut side). Weld it to the side of the block of steel/rail securely. Make sure the 1" square hole is facing up. Voila! Instant hardy hole/holder in a common size.

Now, to extrapolate on Frosty's post above: A industrious person could drill the rail large enough for the socket to just fit. Weld in place securely. Of course, the hole would need some grinding/chamfering to allow for a good weld to hold it securely. If the heel was angled right on a rail anvil, then weld could be applied from top and bottom, I would think.

Would have a lot of folks wondering how that square hole got in a piece of rail, anyway.

Just a thought.

Alright, I'm sure someone with way more experience is gonna tear me down on this idea, so....have at it. You less experience guys, feel free to beat on me, too.

later on,


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On my rr anvil I took 2 pieces of angle iron and welded them together so as to make a
1" id sq. Then cut a slightly larger hole than the outside of the AI ( my gas cutting ain't so hot ). Dropped the 'hardy hole' in and welded in all around 'til it was all solid ( not the hole ) then dressed it down with a angle grinder. Hole is in center of anvil about 3-4" from one end. Looks 'factory made'. However because of thin area welded it won't take a lot of pounding ( like a hardy tool with a small base ). So I made a large base for the tools. Now I got a 'real' anvil so I don't use the rr anvil much anymore

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