Since I can’t find a 200 # unit, nor do I have the room- this will have to do for now. The plates add maybe 50# to the equation.
Historically anvils are supported on a log butt or a concrete plinth in shops.
There are some subtle details that I’ll brag on a bit here. The bevel on the bolts is a nice touch. To do this I put the bolts in a die & ground them by eye on a bench grinder and rethreaded the ends backing them out. I did think about hardening the ends by heating and oil quenching and decided that would be onanistic.
Welding the stand pipe to this will be a chore- I sold my old Sears Home/Farm AC buzz box. Frankly it was a pain in the ass to even strike an arc on this machine, the amperage was inconsistent and one didn’t get all that much penetration. For this I will either use my woefully under powered Lincoln MIG or maybe try to get some time on Tom’s equipment. If I do the work in house I will gap the joint, preheat and run multiple,passes. I’m thinking this morning that it could be a real bone breaker if this stand fails.
Tacked it and played with it, turned out one of my framing squares is out of whack. Gapped it just about 13/64th.. Preheated the hell out of it, turned the amperage all the way up & the wire feed way down. The root and first cap passes were cherry, the others probably just for show.. Ground & cup brushed between each pass. Looks pretty good, sounds solid. Seems I got the layout correct too, if it balanced without the base. The center of mass & the geometric centers are different.
7/01- Completed the build, ended up using my Lincoln Mig. Gapped the bottom base- see my 8 cent solution below and preheated the heck out of it to aid with penetration. Used some old turnbuckle bolts for stiffeners, painted it for the heck of it. This is either a portable Fisher- 35# or maybe an Army Farrier‘s model. Fishers are also known as city anvils as they don’t ring. They are supposed to be cast iron bodies with tool steel faces attached by thermite welding.
- New Anvil Stand In The Works (lrwickerdesign.net)
- Progress On The Anvil Stand (lrwickerdesign.net)
- TEOTWAWKI Blacksmithing for Beginners, by Jodier (survivalblog.com)
- Hammer and Anvil (johanvonlochlin.wordpress.com)