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Anyone here into anvils/forging?

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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Rupes » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:53 am

Yeah I've been on there and iforgeiron deciding how to mount the thing.

I'm going for stuff I have lying around. That will be a fun project in itself. I'm thinking a tripod out of 3" pipe, welded up to a piece of left over 3/4 plate. One under the horn and 2 under the other end, I have a pretty uneven floor and a tripod will solve that. I'll happily steal the idea of filling the legs with oil and sawdust though I think I'll use sand and oil. I also have some 8mm plate thats been lying in my driveway for probably 5 years . I'll make up some feet and bracing out of that.

Will be nice to be doing something out of heavyish steel rather than aluminium. Haven't used the mig, plasma or belt grinder in 6 months.

I got 5" and a 6" leg vices with it that I'm going to mount up to some kind of stand once I've cleaned them up.

Also there's a lot of info out there on gas forges, easy to make and easy to start/stop at will. Seems a cleaner way if perhaps not so traditional as solid fuel forge but I haven't got that far yet.
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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Rupes » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:59 am

Artie F. Emm wrote:Score for you! That cleaned up real nice. I did some digging and found a post here:
http://www.practicalmachinist.com/vb/an ... il-156284/
...that says the 1-3-21 is the weight, and it translates to 1 x 110 lbs + 3 x 11 lbs + 21 lbs, for a total of 164 lbs.

Another post here https://www.iforgeiron.com/topic/37404-peter-wright/ suggests it dates back to about 1910. Very cool that you get to own a piece of that kind of history.

I bought an anvil at an estate sale, but it doesn't have any markings on it that I can identify.


Anvilfire.com seems to have a lot of knowledgeable people on board who could probably identify it or at least narrow it down. There are tell tales on most of them that give you a good idea of its make etc even without the stampings.

The guy that sold me mine said it was 80kgs as thats what he was told when he bought it. But the British weight system is 112lbs then quarterweights at 28lbs then odds so it actually 217lbs, which is a spot under 100kgs. Felt every bit of it carrying it into the garage.
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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Rupes » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:13 am

Pissed down rain so didn't work today. Went to the garage instead :)

Still need to cut out some pads for the feet and fill legs with sand. Welded in those M14 nuts so I could screw in some plugs once filled. But otherwise perfectly level both way and its a tripod so doesn't rock on uneven ground.

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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Poleframer » Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:39 pm

I have a 140 lb Hay Budden I use, but most of my forging work is on this 700 lb anvil, with a 85 lb hammer. This hammer will go up to 300 blows a minute, or single hit, or anything inbetween. Also has a 60 ton press-up forging press, and a 30 ton adjustable table press-down press. The hammer has a selection of dies I made for it. The dump truck leaf springs that throw the hammer are on a small hydraulic cylinder so I can adjust the height of the hammer blows on the fly.

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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Poleframer » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:08 pm

Here's how I lashed my anvil to a chunk of oak. I welded big bolts to loops of chain. I torched holes in the ends of a piece of leaf spring. I chainsaw plunge cut a slot through the oak chunk, with cutouts for the mechanism. and slid the leaf spring bar through. The chain loops go round the anvil base, the bolts through the bar holes, with nuts. So all I have to do to tighten the anvil down it snug up the nuts.

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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Poland308 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:29 pm

That's a big power hammer. Nice.
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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Rupes » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:07 am

That power hammer combo/press combo is awesome. Fantastic idea with the adjustable spring, sure beats the levers I've seen on some. And nice to tidy footprint for some much equipment. I have zero experience with hydraulics but I'm sure I'll explore it one day. I imagine its not cheap though. Nice work on the anvil stand too. I just happened to have the 1" bar and some high tensile 14mm bolts laying about so I cut the heads off them and welded them to the bars which are now clamping it to the stand. Filled the legs with sand after welding on the feet.

I gave it a hit with some hot steel I heated up with the oxy. Its nice and quiet now

For now I'm just going to make some tools for the hell of it. Tongs, hammers etc. Might try my hand at knife or axe making with all the spare time I don't have :P
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Re: Anyone here into anvils/forging?

Postby Poleframer » Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:23 am

Hydraulic power offers many avenues, I have a few hydraulic tools, here's my twister, a small tractor diff with the spider gears replaced with a chuck run off a hydraulic motor, I can run bars through it and twist up 20 foot lengths of 1/2, or heat and twist 1" with an adapter...

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