Saturday, June 7, 2008

Blacksmithing: The Quick and Dirty on Anvils

Something he didn't mention is that if you have a cast iron anvil, you can preheat it in a fire or something, and weld a thick steel plate (half inch or thicker) to the top of it to get a better working surface and a little more weight. In fact, some anvils used to be made that way. But, as he pointed out, a plain cast iron anvil will get you by.

I went to the Harbor Freight site and searched for the anvil he mentioned, but they didn't have one like that listed. The largest they list is a 55 lb anvil for $50.99, and it's cast iron. I know, because I have one.
Then I went to Northern Tool and searched, and they have a 70 lb cast iron anvil for $49.99 so if ya gotta settle for cast iron, that's the one to buy.
Here's a link to it:

Northern Industrial Cast Iron Anvil — 70-Lb.

Northern Industrial Cast Iron Anvil — 70-Lb.

Ideal for metal-working, loosening fittings and more! Weight (lbs.): 70, Overall Length (in.): 16 3/4, Overall Height (in.): 7 1/2, Face Plate L x W (in.): 10 1/2 x 4 1/2, Horn Size (in.): 6 1/2 with Circumference of 12 1/2 No Hole in Face Plate

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