Posted 10 years ago
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.