Re: [EaldormereBlacksmithguild] Digest Number 85
- On 13/10/12 4:09 AM, EaldormereBlacksmithguild@yahoogroups.com wrote:
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> Digest #85
> Railroad anvils <#1> by "Glenn Martin" fluffyevil1
I work over the entire surface, and most the edges, of my considerably
larger than average 225 lb anvil. Cut as you describe, your working area
would be a T with a bulge at the bottom of the upright, at most an inch
in diameter? To be honest, is your aim that good at this point?
Sorry - this is just not practical advise.
This sounds like advice from the 'make this axe in your wood stove'
crowd on YouTube. You *can* use almost anything big and heavy for an
anvil, but all you are doing is adding complexity.
There was always some discussion if the piece of rail track should be
mounted with the wide flange up - or the narrow track side. The flange
is much wider, but is only suitable for light work (over 1/2 with a one
kilo hammer, and you will feel the narrow flange spring under the
strokes.). Mounting with the track up means you are not working on a
flat surface, although it is more stable.
You would be better off purchasing a piece of 4 x 4 mild steel bar, say
a foot long. If you got 6 inches long, that would be almost the same
size as actual Norse artifact anvils.
> Railroad anvils
> Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:41 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
> "Glenn Martin" fluffyevil1
> I've come across a couple of sites that recommend cutting a section out of
> a stump and setting the rail vertically. You'll be working on the
> cross-section of the thick part of the rail. They say this is about as
> large as the "sweet spot" on most anvils
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Want to see fireworks? Ask a bunch of smiths how to make a nail. I learned that from Thora.
This is the site I was looking at…. http://www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/anvils/making/RR-rail_anvils.php
There are others but this had the clearest illustrations.
I’ll be trying the vertical mounting. If it doesn’t work, I can always make a conventional rr-anvil out of it.
I am and will continue to search for a good-sized anvil but I can get a lot of work done on this before I have
the skillset that can really use a full-size anvil.