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Posted 2 years ago

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I would like to share a photograph of this anvil I made out of a piece of railroad track several years ago. I needed a small anvil to do a job and could not find what I wanted.
After finding the piece I needed, I had to soften the metal since RR track is so hard. I annealed it by heating it up with a rose bud to around 1200-1500 degrees, then I buried it in a box of warm sand for two days. With the metal soft, I was ready to proceed. Next I rough ground it to shape with a grinder. After that I put it on a milling machine to cut all the flat surfaces, and shaped the horn with a grinder. Next I drilled the round hole and cut the square hole.
In order to get the temper back, I reheated it back up to around 1000-1200 degrees and quenched it in a bucket of old motor oil.
There you have it, a great little anvil, better then the ones you can but today.
For all of you not familiar with blacksmithing or metal working, I have included a drawing to show what the various parts of an anvil are called.
Thank you very much for looking, hope you enjoy it.

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  1. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    scottscuff,
    Thank you very much, I appreciate it, that was very nice.
  2. ThriftyGypsy ThriftyGypsy, 2 years ago
    AWESOME !
  3. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much ThriftyGypsy!!!!
  4. Lumpy Lumpy, 2 years ago
    Nice to have the equipment, time and tallent to do that. Great job!
  5. Dr_Rambow Dr_Rambow, 2 years ago
    Wow, kudos for the effort on all that work. I actually needed one of these little ones he other day when I was straightening some small metal bits on of of my toy cannons. I have quite a few chunks of rail sitting around too!
  6. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Great job packrat-place!
  7. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
    A super nice job. Wish I was still young enough to lift one. We will be watching the news for reports of train derailments and not riding, Hehehehehe!!
  8. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for all the love and kind words ThriftyGypsy, trgrubaugh , Lumpy , Dr_Rambow, officialfuel, pickingupbones, walksoftly , BELLIN68 , fhrjr2, leighannrn & scottscuff.
    It was a fun project. The RR track was actually unearthed during a hospital remodeling project.
    fhrjr2, eat your Wheaties and you will be fine.
  9. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much chevy59, TRIKER & scandinavian_pieces, appreciate the love.
  10. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much mtg75
  11. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for looking michelleamieux, Longings, & Hedgewalker.
  12. bushrat bushrat, 2 years ago
    Neat; hard work does really pay off.
  13. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for visiting gargoylecollector, ttomtucker & bushrat for the kind words.
  14. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much fossilhunter
  15. neat.old.stuff neat.old.stuff, 2 years ago
    That is really neat. If you can't find one, make one, great job!
  16. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much neat.old.stuff
  17. tommy1002 tommy1002, 2 years ago
    It took me a while to re-find your post, lol. I like your little rail anvil, it's partly the reason I went and dug out my old beast and posted it.
  18. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you for the kind words tommy1002.
    Thank you very much mrmajestic1.
  19. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much stonesfan1
  20. jimborasco jimborasco, 2 years ago
    Way to go packrat! i've been looking for an anvil and if you don't mind i'll use your photo as a template....i have a line on a piece of rail. Again, good job!
  21. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    A South African friend told me that he & his father came back to their shop 1 day and found that his" local" help had broken the horn off of his anvil. He said his father told them that he wasn't mad, but just wanted to know HOW!?
  22. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for the kind words jimborasco, glad I could help.
    Yes, you can break a horn off. An anvil is never to be hit directly with a hammer, there needs to be something between the hammer and the anvil face.
    Thank you very much collector4evr , blunderbuss2 & trunkman
  23. packrat-place packrat-place, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much for the kind words adkmetalman. It was a fun project, RR track is very workable after it is softened.

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