Tuesday, September 11, 2018

4' Cold Work (And Hot) RR Anvil

So I headed into the shop with good intentions to get it cleaned up, yesterday morning. The first job was to get that 6'2" piece of RR rail I had used for some cold working of metal, in the sawmill build, off the floor. Thats when I got side tracked, The rail worked great for doing cold work and as posted before I have broke more than one vise, doing rough cold work with them. I figured a large piece of rail fitted to a stand would get much use in my metal shop, and save some of the rough work I subject some of my other equipment to. When I build a forge it would handle hot work as well.

So I headed back into the house and worked out a plan for a stand to support a 4' section of rail and a nice supply of hammers. I wanted something that was widely stanced, and heavy, for stability, and to absorb heavy blows.



First job was to cut the rail, I ended up with a 2'2" piece left over. I will either build a larger double horn anvil or cut it up for dies for a power hammer (one day).


Next I cut up all of the pieces required. The floor pieces are 3" square heavy wall tubing and the upright frames are all 2 1/2" heavy wall tubing. The bottom tie pieces are 2" angle and the hammer rack is 1 1/2" angle.


I took my time squaring up the frames, used lots of clamps to hold things tight. I put heavy tacks on all the joints and then removed the clamps, flipped the assembly over and started with the heavy welds.


One of two completed frames.


Here the two main frames are tied together with the 2" bottom angles and one of the 1 1/2" angles from the hammer rack.


So here it is complete.


The stand is very stable and heavy, the whole assembly tops 300 lbs. with the rail.


Another view.


Here is a good view of the hammer rack with a good variety of hammers for various shaping work.


I have a feeling this is going to be the most used piece of equipment in my metal shop. So thats another piece of equipment that is ready for paint. Black for the stand I think. The rail will not be painted. I'll go over it with WD-40 and a power wire brush and do a lite grinding of the top surface to smooth things out and it will be ready for some heavy pounding.

So will try to start on the clean-up again tomorrow, lol.


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