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Hey guys what do you think of my makeshift anvil and anvil stand??

Dan

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You got steel toed boots? LOL

Seriously, Looks like it will do the job for now.

You might want to see if you can mount the rail vertically if you can grind one end smooth. More mass under the hammer will move steel easier for you.

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For a stand, less pieces is usually better. If you had access to a tree stump segment, that would be better. Also; cut the burned ends of the rail off; and mount it vertically. You really don't need more surface than the size of your hammer; but you want it to be fixed as solid as possible. I got myself a rail too; then mounted it vertically to a block of wood; then welded 2 pieces of metal to each size of the rail (those welding plates they use to attach one rail to the other ), and ground the surface flat, welded hardfacing rod, ground again  and so on ... used that for about 2 years until I had access to much better anvils. 

Seriously, the white boards will shatter and make the whole unstable after a while; and the long pieces sticking out on the sides cannot be used either.

 

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Evey horizontal interface loses you energy. You have 7 or 8 of them?  A typical stump set up has 2.

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Lose that stand, it stinks old moldy cheesey socks! :wacko:

Get some lumber, posts work best but any will do, screw, glue even nail it together on END = effective anvil stand.

Frosty The Lucky.

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A lot of the world uses concrete sleepers (rr ties) which would be a bit harder to use. (Which is why friends sometimes ask us in the US to ship them RR spikes.)

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