Saturday, June 3, 2017

RR Anvil Build

Looks like the month of rain is coming to an end, so the flies are getting real bad. I have been busy with oil changes and other spring chores. When the lawn dries out, I have that yet to cut. The female bear and her cub have been back a couple of times. They keep there distance and stay to the edges of the property, they have there fill and then move on, which is ok with me. I need a better camera with a telephoto lens to get some good pictures. Watching the cub and bear one day, the mom decided to head for some long grass near the end and opposite side of the property. Rather than go across the open area she led the cub along side the woods, keeping to the edge all the way around. The interesting part was watching the cub, for every step the mother took, he must have taken twenty. Climbing on top of rocks, climbing up trees, exploring the woods, then running to catch up to mom, only to do it all over again. Cute as heck and amazing to watch.

In the meantime I have an itch to start a new project, so a RR anvil fits the bill as it is mostly grinding and I can give it attention when ever I have a free hr. or so. Many years ago while working double OT night shifts at a Belleville power plant, I welded up a light anvil in the shop to stay awake. I didn't have a shop at the time so it ended up being more decorative in my apartment than useful. Since then I have used it for sheet metal work but the hollow table is not solid enough for forge work.

Here is a picture of the lite anvil.

I have some heavy 1" tool steel plate (I keep changing this because as I look through storage I keep finding thicker plate) so the plan is to weld a new table an top of this anvil, it will have too much bounce but should be ok for heavier work.

For a much heavier anvil I will be using an old piece of rail. I found the rail when I was filling in the old homestead basement dug out. It was totally covered in vegetation and I ran over it before I even new it was there. I have plans of building a propane forge soon so these two anvils should get me started.

The piece of rail is 7 1/2' long and broken on one end, which sometime happens when temperatures hit -40 up here.

I had originally planed on 2' long but after laying out my measurements 1.5' is more practical. Here's the start of the cut.

Even with a fresh 14" blade on the chop saw I had to flip it over to get all the way through it. Don't know how deep the work harding goes but it did seem to cut faster once I got through the top.

Well it was bound to happen, site stopped recognizing "jump breaks" last night, tried all kinds of help advise but still could not get it to work, maybe my browser. Anyway I removed all the jump breaks so access should be all corrected now. I will do long builds in the page menu with the first post here on the home page and a link to the build updates in the page archive.

Here is the link to the RR anvil build page, For those following, updates will all be there.