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Old 03-28-2012, 11:38 AM   post #31 of 45
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Are all anvils made without mounting holes?
I saw one that had ears cast on it with holes for bolting it down. One ear was broken off.

All of my anvils are like those shown, strapped down. The force applied to them when working with a striker or two would make it tough to have ears that would stand up to the beating.

I have one anvil that is mounted on a stand made from a piece of 8" pipe with plates welded to each end. It makes a great place to hang a hat in my opinion. The steel stand simply does not have the rebound of a wood base.

This is on a cement floor, if it were on dirt it may be different.

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I aged your pic like Cat385B was saying. I don't know how to add a dirt floor though.
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Old 03-28-2012, 03:33 PM   post #33 of 45
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I aged your pic like Cat385B was saying. I don't know how to add a dirt floor though.
Hey, that looks really cool, I like it! for doing that.
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Old 03-28-2012, 05:09 PM   post #34 of 45
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excellent job! most people, myself included, would just square up a log, plop on the anvil, and hammer in big nails at each corner and bend the nails over the feet to hold it on. not you though! you have an excess of talent and craftsmanship.

one tip: if that anvil rings a lot when you hit it, wrap a heavy chain around the waist of the anvil. deadens it right out. i heard that clamping hefty wood blocks to the sides will dampen the noise too.



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Old 03-28-2012, 05:17 PM   post #35 of 45
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I saw one that had ears cast on it with holes for bolting it down. One ear was broken off.

All of my anvils are like those shown, strapped down. The force applied to them when working with a striker or two would make it tough to have ears that would stand up to the beating.

I have one anvil that is mounted on a stand made from a piece of 8" pipe with plates welded to each end. It makes a great place to hang a hat in my opinion. The steel stand simply does not have the rebound of a wood base.

This is on a cement floor, if it were on dirt it may be different.

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Put some sheet lead under the anvil.
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one tip: if that anvil rings a lot when you hit it, wrap a heavy chain around the waist of the anvil. deadens it right out. i heard that clamping hefty wood blocks to the sides will dampen the noise too.

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That's a neat trick with the chain. Never heard that before, thanks.

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Old 03-28-2012, 05:43 PM   post #37 of 45
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excellent job! most people, myself included, would just square up a log, plop on the anvil, and hammer in big nails at each corner and bend the nails over the feet to hold it on. not you though! you have an excess of talent and craftsmanship.

one tip: if that anvil rings a lot when you hit it, wrap a heavy chain around the waist of the anvil. deadens it right out. i heard that clamping hefty wood blocks to the sides will dampen the noise too.



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Thanks for the compliment. It rings a bit on the ends, but not to excess, IMO. I'll keep your chain tip in mind though, you never know, thanks!

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Put some sheet lead under the anvil.
Interesting, never heard of that. After thinking about it a bit, I could see using it for other "bedding" applications, also. Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:56 PM   post #38 of 45
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Thanks for the compliment. It rings a bit on the ends, but not to excess, IMO. I'll keep your chain tip in mind though, you never know, thanks!



Interesting, never heard of that. After thinking about it a bit, I could see using it for other "bedding" applications, also. Thanks!
I have a full role of 8" lead flashing if you want to test that one out Ellis. Have no idea why I have it but it's on the work bench.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:54 AM   post #39 of 45
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I have a full role of 8" lead flashing if you want to test that one out Ellis. Have no idea why I have it but it's on the work bench.
Thanks for thinking of me, Mike. Actually, I have lead flashing. I grab it every chance I get. I use it on problem spots to flash roofing. It's also all I'll use to flash chimneys and brick work. Aluminum just doesn't compare and it forms so easy.
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Just wanted to add my 2 cents on the nice job. We had one in my firehouse for 50 years, never tied down. Now that scrap prices are high, some SOB stole it. I noticed your on the east end of Long island, are't you afraid it will sink with all that weight. If you are, we could use a replacement. :
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Just wanted to add my 2 cents on the nice job. We had one in my firehouse for 50 years, never tied down. Now that scrap prices are high, some SOB stole it. I noticed your on the east end of Long island, are't you afraid it will sink with all that weight. If you are, we could use a replacement. :
If those big, ole mansions from the rich and famous haven't sunk it yet, no way my tiny little anvil will. Very sorry to hear somebody took your FD's anvil, though. No excuse for that.
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Nice tie down straps.. I have a stump and anvil.. never bolted it down yet..
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:02 AM   post #43 of 45
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I saw one that had ears cast on it with holes for bolting it down. One ear was broken off.

All of my anvils are like those shown, strapped down. The force applied to them when working with a striker or two would make it tough to have ears that would stand up to the beating.

I have one anvil that is mounted on a stand made from a piece of 8" pipe with plates welded to each end. It makes a great place to hang a hat in my opinion. The steel stand simply does not have the rebound of a wood base.

This is on a cement floor, if it were on dirt it may be different.

Mike
If it's on steel you need an 1/2" plate os lead between the two...
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:14 AM   post #44 of 45
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I understand those old time blacksmiths made all they're tools. Do you have any tongs and such you have made???
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:25 AM   post #45 of 45
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I understand those old time blacksmiths made all they're tools. Do you have any tongs and such you have made???
I just use the anvil for cold work, Rich. I did have a forge, but I sold it. I just didn't have call for it much. Made a custom trigger guard for a rifle stock I made, and a few other small projects. The forge is getting a lot more use now, as it should be
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