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  1. #31
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    Default 84 lb BK

    This is my 84 lb BK.
    Laminated Merbau block with stainless fittings to stop the tannin corroding them.
    I put lead flashing between the anvil and block to dampen the ringing.
    It looked so nice I made a heavy steel base to stop the block being scuffed.
    So far I have only used it to do a bit of peening.
    Mark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poloris View Post
    This is my 84 lb BK...
    Nicely done.

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  3. #33
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    Default Bradford and kendall

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    That's a nice looking BK and block particularly on that block Mark

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    Default Pimped my new anvil

    Iv'e traded up to a larger anvil, so I had to pimp this one too.
    The Anvil is a 75Kg WL Bassett.
    I haven't been able to find out much about them.
    The wood block was a dining table in a previous life and the base was made from a 1.5m length of curved stainless 17mm thick.
    All fitting are also stainless
    Striking it results in a satisfying low sounding clunk.
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    haven't heard of a WL Bassett.

    It looks remarkably like a BK (Bradford Kendall) anvil.

    At a quick search it looks like Bradford Kendall purchased WL Bassett. Based on the BradKen history in 1970 they "Purchased marine equipment merchant, W. L. Bassett & Son Pty Limited. and commissioned their Port Hedland Plant. so it makes sense that its in WA.

  7. #37
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    Here is an anvil I made.

    The deck is made from an offcut from a dragline bucket.

    The sides and base are cut from used welding 19mm welding coupons and shaped under a brake press.

    The hollow inside the base was filled with melted lead.

    It was made as a knife making anvil and has no pritchel or hardie holes.

    I estimate a weight of around 60 kgs.

    Grahame
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grahame Collins View Post
    Here is an anvil I made.
    Not many people can say that. Great job too! Better than my chinese scrap metal ASO. A real anvil is something I'm always on the look out for.

    Ben.

  9. #39
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    here is the one I made - old photos
    links to build photos:
    Des' projects or "Musings from the Shed": Homemade Anvil - RR Anvil - Part 1
    Des' projects or "Musings from the Shed": Homemade Anvil - RR Anvil - Part 2



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    anvil1.jpg


    since these photos were taken, another piece of 16mm bisalloy has been welded on top of the table to add further mass and resilience to the anvil.

    Des

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    Its a nice chunky anvil.

    A somewhat eye-catching colour scheme too.

    Was the paint left over from painting RC's lathe?

    Grahame

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    The paint is a "garage sale special" - cheap, and gaudy enough that people can't say "I didn't see that" - can be a reasonable theft deterrent as well since people aren't as quick to claim a purple anvil (or muller, or...), but I must admit my next can of garage sale paint will be a nice "pale red" for the same purposes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Grahame Collins View Post
    Its a nice chunky anvil.

    A somewhat eye-catching colour scheme too.

    Was the paint left over from painting RC's lathe?

    Grahame

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    Default Sodorfors Anvil?

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    Ok I have it upside down, hopefully the mods can tip it the other way. This Anvil looks like it was made in 1925, it was bought new by my grandfather and the date would be around then. he was a Stone Mason/Sculptor and this was used to fire sharpen stone working chisels. He died around 1958, my father used it up until the 1970's and it has sat in the shed since then. very rarely I have put it to some minor use. It is 112lb and the makers stamp shows faintly along with Dannem which I assume means it is Dannemora iron used when it was made and if I am correct the Sodorfors stamp is also faint showing only the upper part of the letters. for those of you who actually know about this stuff does it actually look like a Sodorfors Anvil to you? I am actually thinking of selling it on to hopefully someone who will put it back to use. I had thought once I might do a bit of wrought iron work but that now seems very unlikely.
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    Yes it does look like a Swedish anvil. Nearly all of them have the date stamped on them (Usually in the 1900- 1920s range) Always stamped in lbs and when you look at the waist from ends the casting is always narrower than the width of the working face.
    Graeme

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    Default Show me your Anvil thread...

    That would make a nice replacement for my demonstration anvil.

    It was all I could afford and as you can see has had a hard life.
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    Has the Dannemora stamp on there, indicating the mining/iron district in Sweden where the iron ore came from to make this anvil.
    Dannemora steel was claimed to be of a higher quality than other steels of the time.
    Some Soderfors of the same time period Iíve seen do not have the Dannemora stamp (that I can find) on them
    Dannemora, Falun, and Stockholm have been on different anvils marked Soderfors.


    SODERFORS made cast anvils in this period although at a time they also made and advertised forged anvils. I have talked to people with and seen photos of solid cast anvils as well as ones with top plates.

    The London pattern shape was used by Soderfors as was the beautiful old church window type. They were a proficient manufacturer that was in business a long time. They produced anvils for Colombian and Parragon which feature both names stamped on them.


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