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    Quote Originally Posted by DSEL74 View Post
    I like that little clamp on vise with the star on it.
    It even has a tiny anvil at the back!


    Russ

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    Russ, re your post#58, I think the word on the top at least is Joshua.

    checking my reference (Anvils in America) there is a Wilkinson Anvil marked down low like yours - Joshua Wilkinson Warranted.

    likely thats what yours is.

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    Just finished a new rail-line anvil with my 10 y.o. grandson. I taught him oxy cutting on some scrap, them marked out the anvil shape on the rail line and let him at it.
    Don't worry, he got plenty of help and guidance - and supervision and was suitably kitted out. Sorry I didn't take any photos of the sparks and "lava" as he called it, but I kept my eye on him at close range instead....
    Between us we ground it clean, I put some weld beads on the curved top surface and then we ground it roughly level. The finishing touch was to surface grind the top and sides. With a lick of red enamel, it's now his pride and joy.
    Oh, I made him promise to pass it on to his grankids and tell them how we made it
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    Cheers, Joe
    again completely retired - more time to contemplate projects and spend more shed time....

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    Hi Joe.
    The young feller is very fortunate to have a grandad like you.

    It is something he will treasure and use and remember all through his life. It ticks all of the boxes.
    It sounds like he will be a hands-on type of kid.
    I dipss me lid to you ,sir!

    Grahame

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    Joe if you want to bring him around some time we can light the Forge and show him how to use it. Could even Forge him a little hammer head.
    ..Live a Quiet Life & Work with your Hands

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    I'm sure they would love to come and see you - and so will I. I'll ask them.
    I'll be in touch.
    Thank you for the offer!

    Cheers, Joe
    Cheers, Joe
    again completely retired - more time to contemplate projects and spend more shed time....

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    Got lucky at a local car swap meet on Sunday and ended up with this 116lb Peter Wright anvil.
    Pretty rusty but cleaned up well.
    Wire cup on an angle grinder, tannic acid, boiled linseed oil and beeswax.
    Should protect it until I am able to start using it.
    Thanks to BobL for the tannic acid.




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    English Hundreds Weight (hundredweight) System:

    Typically the hundreds weight markings are seperated by dots but not always. These figures were stamped into the finished anvil and are often not very deep. The first figure to the left is hundred weights which equal 112 pounds. The next figure is quarter hundred weights which equal 28 pounds and the last number is whole pounds. The three are added together for the total weight. Examples:

    1 0 4 = 112 + 0 + 4 = 116 pounds
    ..Live a Quiet Life & Work with your Hands

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    Default Show me your Anvil thread...

    The edges are pretty chipped and rounded.
    Make yourself a square block with good edges to go in the hardy hole.
    You can dress the edges on each side from sharp to larger radii.

    ..Live a Quiet Life & Work with your Hands

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    Came up nice Mark - well done.

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    Just curious. How much can you pound on the hardy hole end of the anvil without causing any damage or breaking it off???

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    there's no hard and fast rule for how hard you can pound on them without doing damage to the heel and horn. At just over 1cwt your anvil is certainly not massive but a nice useable size.

    You could use a 4lb sledge in the centre of its mass on hot iron without much concern. but you do need to be careful on the heel (hardy hole end) as you do see quite a few anvils where they are broken off.

    If you do need to belt the cr@p out of something using a hardy tool - make a striking anvil out of some thick steel plate.

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    A lot of anvils get the heel broken off by using ill fitting hardy tools. Basically an oversized wedge put through s undersized hole has to breakout some place.
    the hardy should always seat on the face of the anvil with no gap.
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    Thanks for the tips guys. Dsel that block for the hardy is it just mild steel? I think my hardy hole is 7/8" so will get some square stock and make a few tools. Maybe a hot cut tool

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark F View Post
    Thanks for the tips guys. Dsel that block for the hardy is it just mild steel? I think my hardy hole is 7/8" so will get some square stock and make a few tools. Maybe a hot cut tool
    Mildsteel would be just ok if your working hot mildsteel. You’d really want something a bit tougher and harder wearing. You can always weld the shank on hardy tools so you could buy a block of bisalloy and weld a shank on to do the trick.
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