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    Bisalloy. Can you recommend a grade Dsel?

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    not strictly and anvil but you still use it for smith'n - finally got around to making a stand for my swage block. even used it today, and not for just putting stuff on (like a table).
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    Lots of blokes have anvils but not a lot have a swage block.

    Good post.

    Grahame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark F View Post
    Bisalloy. Can you recommend a grade Dsel?
    Hi Mark,
    It's not Dsel but Grahame. Maybe use bisalloy 80 if you can access some offcut at scrap value.

    They don't sell it in anvil sized pieces, rather big sheets.

    In that case it would be far cheaper to just buy your anvil.

    I was fortunate in that I had access to a scrappy who was buying scrap from some of the Mackay based Dragline bucket repair shops.

    It was as a strip of 450mm long x 70mm x 75mm. Also, I was fortunate at the time to have access to oxy cutting and heavy welding eqpt. I made the base of 20mm structural plate under a 150 ton brake press.

    You need to evaluate what types of steel your scrappy can access.

    cheers

    Grahame

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    Thanks for the recommendations Grahame.

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    Default WA Midland Railway Workshop Anvil

    Bought this anvil about 5 years ago, seller told me he believed it came from the WAGR workshops in Midland. Had to buy it as my Dad was a fitter and turner there from after the war (WWII) until he retired. It has 1 0 3 stamped on side so 115 lbs or about 56 kgs. No other identifiers so it may have been cast at the workshops.
    I have cleaned the dings with a flap wheel, painted it and made the block, it has magnets to deaden the ring you can just see one next to Pritchel hole , I am inner city so the noise is an issue. In the picture you may be able to see two hardy hole inserts I made one with reo to give leaves some veining the other is a fuller and I have another similar sharpened up for hot setting it is on the back of the block. They are both made from leaf spring steel. You can also see my gas forge which replaced a charcoal forge I made but sold to save space.
    i have another forge at an old fibro beach house in Busselton, that has a brake drum charcoal forge and a farriers anvil I bought new about 20 years ago. I may take some photos of that and post later.
    The other photo is my new fly press which hasn’t been used yet I am tooling it up and making a stand to get it up off the floor. It is a Sweeney and Blocksidge and based on screw diameter (2 1/2”) it is approx a number 10 so should be able to give about a 10 ton whack. The weights are my addition the ball weights were missing, the shiny new clamping bed is mine and you can see a dishing tool I made from a tow bar. The tool holder I drew up but had machined. The tool in holder is a cutter I made from a piece of coil spring braised on to a 1” bolt to fit in the holder and spread the impact through the bolt head. Intend to make a curve bender for gate tops next and a small right angle bender.
    The power hacksaw in background is fairly new got it about six months ago had to replace the motor with single phase and put in a coolant pump. It is part of another thread.

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    I fixed the orientation for you this time.

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    Default Orientation

    Quote Originally Posted by BobL View Post
    I fixed the orientation for you this time.
    Thanks Bob how is it done, for next time?

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    I like the look of that fly press, can do quite a lot wi th them.

    I use mine for forging and bending mostly. Also good for punching hammer eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TootsieB View Post
    Thanks Bob how is it done, for next time?
    I downloaded your photos and used a very expensive photography program called Photoshop to correct the rotation and the uploaded them again. For correcting image rotation using Photoshop is a bit like using an elephant gun on a mouse. Others may be able to give some budget level ideas.

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    Default Fly press

    Quote Originally Posted by Zsteve View Post
    I like the look of that fly press, can do quite a lot wi th them.

    I use mine for forging and bending mostly. Also good for punching hammer eyes.
    I have to admit I like making tools more than things but I do make stuff. The press only cost me $300 so less than my small anvil and I can see it being equally useful. Probably won’t make any hammers, I like using old hammers. My last big project was my neighbors’ front fence. Some forging but lots of welding.

    Love to to hear more about your press, tooling and what you have done with it.
    cheers Peter

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