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post #16 of 23 (permalink) Old 05-21-2019, 10:03 PM
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I ran into a great deal on one in a junk shop a couple of weeks ago. Can you believe it? $5! However, I think it's a little bit small to be very useful. (Lemon for scale)

I just had to have it though. I'm gonna hang it and use it to hold my hat.
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I was lucky enough to inherit an 80-90 pounder some years back. Not having an actual forge, I don't feel like I do enough "hot" work to warrant it having a stand. (You're actually not supposed to beat cold steel on an anvil.) I need to finally figure out SOME place to keep it though. It's wandered all around the shop. I've seen some people use anvils (and vises!) purely for decoration. I don't have that kind of shop, not the room.



There's always more room for something fun (I wish). I have a 24" school bell I'm trying to figure out what to do with. I don't have a fireplace anymore. I considered converting the chimney to a bell tower. HOA doesn't like that idea and it's a bit heavy. Afraid to put it in the yard. Really don't need kids ringing the bell in the middle of the night.



Nice anvil, I wouldn't be able to part with it.
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My dad has a good sized antique anvil he's trying to sell. I might take it except for 2 problems: Where to put this thing for the 2 times a Year I may use it, and the working surfaces aren't flat anymore. I don't think there's any good way to add material to repair it ?
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I had a 49 chevy pickup beater that had a massive bumper. THat was my anvil for years!



I get by abusing my vices... (so-to-speak;o))
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My dad has a good sized antique anvil he's trying to sell. I might take it except for 2 problems: Where to put this thing for the 2 times a Year I may use it, and the working surfaces aren't flat anymore. I don't think there's any good way to add material to repair it ?
Although you can add metal, it isn't good idea. To really do it right the anvil needs to be re tempered afterwards. The welded material has a tendency to be a little harder and more brittle than the rest of the anvil. Also has to be tempered to restore it's "ring". A lot of old timers judge an anvil by the bell like sound that it has when struck. A dull sound that dies down quickly usually indicates an anvil that has been beat down and possibly repaired or one of the cheap oriental imports. A high quality one from one of the old world manufacturers will have a clear sweat ring that sustains itself for several seconds.

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they didn't cut much if anything off the base except for front to back length side to side looks stock as that is a piece of rail road track, and so is the one mounted on a pipe welded to a wheel.
Yeah, just front to back. The sides are fine and fit right in a tie plate. I have 5 tie plates and am probably going to weld it into one of them and then attach it to a base.

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Here are a couple of ideas for a base/stand for your anvil. This project is on my to-do list as well.

1. https://www.instructables.com/id/How...b-Anvil-Stand/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCPZcaJ0L8Y
Those are some pretty sweet builds. I may put one on my to-do list myself. I think for the short term though, I will slip out to the woods and check out a section of black walnut I cut down last year.

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I ran into a great deal on one in a junk shop a couple of weeks ago. Can you believe it? $5! However, I think it's a little bit small to be very useful. (Lemon for scale)

I just had to have it though. I'm gonna hang it and use it to hold my hat.
A small scale hobbyist like myself would find many uses for that
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