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Anyone build their own ANVIL? or equivalent?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by vintage44, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. vintage44
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 280

    from NY
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    Did a search on 'anvil' and got 14 PAGES :eek: of thread hits. After digging into several pages just thought it might be better for my sanity to ask - has anyone built one? or something similar of equal value to a car building operation? Why re-invent the wheel, huh? :D I've been thinking of maybe finding a short length of railroad track and fabbing stuff on it to have similar angles, etc. to a large anvil. thoughts?
  2. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Somewhere around here just the other day I found an old magazine with instructions for cutting anvil from a railroad rail. Probably couldn't find it today on a bet.
    I've been using an old chunk of straight rail for some years after finding it at the farm and just about 2 yeasra go found a rail anvil at a garage sale for $5.
    Pretty simple, get your rail and it will jump right out at you.
  3. troylee
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 683


    I use a 2ft piece of railroad track. Works great , for the basic stuff I do.
  4. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

  5. troylee
    Joined: Jul 10, 2007
    Posts: 683


    Here is a pic of my set up.

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    Joined: Sep 11, 2007
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    I have an old piece of rail road track out in the garage. All ready torched into the right shape. I have heard they are high carbon steel (very hard). It just needs ground smooth. Too bad you are not closer. I would give it to you. I've had it for 5 years and not touched it. Good luck, Gary
  7. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,694


    Got this piece of railroad track from the Bethlehem Steel yard here in town. Works great

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  8. hotrod8
    Joined: Mar 3, 2009
    Posts: 101


    i used a piece of 8 in I beam , it gives you 4 different ends to cut at different shapes , 2 ends on one side ,turn it over ,2 more !!! works wouhderful !!!!!!
  9. Ayers Garage
    Joined: Nov 28, 2002
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    Ayers Garage

  10. flynbrian48
    Joined: Mar 10, 2008
    Posts: 6,512


    Me too. Nailed to an Oak log 2 ft tall, just clinched the nails over on the bottom of the rail. I should do a how to for Tech week...:rolleyes:
  11. banzaitoyota
    Joined: May 2, 2004
    Posts: 547


    I have an "ACME" brand anvil I purchased from another Hamb'r
  12. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    sounds tough to move nailed to an oak log. I was thinking a three legged stand with wheels on two of the legs that only touched the ground when you lifted the third leg (or a handle on the third leg)
  13. I've never built one,but I've seen a few guys that could tear one up.....
  14. boldventure
    Joined: Mar 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,766


    I've got a 18" chunck of track, a friend welded a bull pin on one end. Had that thing for 30 years!
  15. -DouG-
    Joined: Mar 5, 2009
    Posts: 151


    Here's mine... I didn't build it, I paid $165,000 for it -but it came with a house!

  16. CharlieLed
    Joined: Feb 21, 2003
    Posts: 2,459


    This brings back memories, I remember my dad having a length of RR track mounted to a metal stand/base. He used to have me straighten old bent nails on it...he never threw anything away if there was even the slightest chance that it could be used again.
  17. revkev6
    Joined: Jun 13, 2006
    Posts: 3,351

    from ma

    I think he just figured it was worth trying to pound a junk nail if straightening them kept you busy lol
  18. hotrodfrank
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 98

    from dearing,ga

    i have had mine for over 30 yrs, nothing fancy but it does a good job.
  19. vintage44
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
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    from NY
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    Many thanks, guys! You've given me lots of great ideas. Gary
  20. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    When they were replacing the tracks locally I grabbed about a dozen.
    Theyre heavy and make great gifts.
    I wired two 5' sections on 15' of chain link fence with a RR tie at the front with two eye bolts holding 15'-o- chain and it grooms my dirt road very well.
  21. I'm using a section of heavy duty "I" beam. 18" long 12" deep, about a 4" flange.
  22. 067chevy
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
    Posts: 2,073


    Gary, Good seeing you guys at George's last month . Are you all coming to the feed he is having this Saturday or mabe its Sunday. I would sure take it of your hands next time you guys come to G.I.
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    I have spoke with a guy in the past who said he used a piece of rail road. I think he made jewelry though
  24. Steelsmith
    Joined: Feb 5, 2007
    Posts: 581


    Another option for an anvil and one I find more useful for sheetmetal are forming heads. They are post mounted dolly's in various shapes. There are a variety available commercially, but once you start using them you start building your own 'special purpose' ones. I have about a dozen and build more as needed. has them in the search engine, so does

    Dan Stevens
    dba, Steelsmith
  25. Truckedup
    Joined: Jul 25, 2006
    Posts: 3,864


    There's a seldom used rail road track spur about a mile down the road from me.I can drag something down there and use the track like an anvil.When I'm bored it's fun to be pounding on something as the locomotive is coming down the track,real exciting but it make the train pilot real nervous.
  26. nofin
    Joined: Jan 7, 2010
    Posts: 321

    from australia

    That set up sounds to me like it will cause you a lot of extra work. I use anvils and formers every day and the heavier and more solid the base the better the result and the easier they are to use. Its better for them to be hard to move when you put them away, cos that way you won't have to chase them across your shop while you're hammering. Use them on a solid floor too. BTW, if you want a cheap anvil, next time you look in a barn or an old geezer's garage for a car keep your eyes open for an anvil.
  27. mart3406
    Joined: May 31, 2009
    Posts: 3,055

    from Canada

    Re: 'Anyone build their own ANVIL?' I almost fear to ask why you want to know? You didn't break one did you??? :eek::eek::eek::D

  28. 39cent
    Joined: Apr 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,569

    from socal

    'dern it' you just reminded me of me 'old hunk of rail', that I somehow lost or lent out. Backnthday I used to work on the RR and got it by the roundhouse. sure wished I had it now.
  29. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,948


    The first thing I thought os was rail road track. But I have no idea where I would get some.
  30. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,791

    from Indy

    you could get's trespassing and our local railroad cops would haul your ass in

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