Showing posts with label RR anvil build. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RR anvil build. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

4' Cold Work Anvil Finished Up

So I finally got all my shops cleaned up and organized yesterday, the big V's of Canada Geese are starting to make a racket in the skies, hope that doesn't mean early snow. Next chore is a couple of days to cut the grass and cleanup the property but first I decided to take a day and finish the cold work bench.

On a suggestion from a forum poster I added another 3 or 4 lb's of welding rod to the underside of the RR rail and support joints. The result, hammer swings felt more solid and the ring was clearer and more even across the full length. For paint I went with two coats of Tremclad flat black enamel. Before painting I sprayed down the rail with WD-40 and went over it with a wire brush and sanding disc mounted in my 7" disc grinder. I painted the bottom flange of the rail and left the rest bare. Here are a few more pictures.



If your a knife maker, it is easy to see how a inexpensive bench like this could be your best asset for hammering out blades. Thats just one of many uses you can put this to.


So location, I placed the bench in the walk through area connecting 3 doors, in the welding and rough work shop. So you could say it takes up no space, ha, ha. It's now a walk around area instead of a walk through area. When you come into the shop it is right there so it should be a reminder to use it, and stop destroying vises.



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.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

RR Anvil Finished

So I got two coats of Tremclad high heat flat black enamel on the anvils yesterday and except for the stands they are finished. The RR anvil has a very nice clear ring to it, the built up sheet metal anvil is a little more muffled because of the hollow body. They both look great and should serve me well for the kind of light work I want to do. Of course a power hammer is another plan in addition to the forge that is making its way to the forefront. Here are the pictures.

The reworked sheet metal anvil and the new RR anvil.


All the different views of the RR anvil.








And these are the four anvils I now have. The blue one is a "Record" cast steel anvil, small but tough little guy. The straight piece is from a broken large vise I salvaged from the scrap yard, I trimmed it up and have been using it for many years for small jobs like straightening nails and cold working small metal shapes.


Hope someone got something from this build. As before the full build documentation is at this link.

Or click on the link in the page menu.

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.