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    I made an Anvil

    Tried to buy an anvil but not happening! At my customers Mine site I saw a defective impact hammer from a rock crusher, 4 of these are installed on a rotor and it spins super fast. Any way I cut it in two pieces and welded together using rods from Lincoln for Hadfieldmagenses. I cut this using a Carbon arc gouging torch. The holes I drilled with concrete bits on my Enco mill/drill, I probably used at least a 100 bucks worth of drill bits and took all day. The Anvil weighs #340 lbs and the Florida oak stump at least 100 lbs.Name:  IMG_1666.jpg
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    It seemed like a good idea at the time!

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    That's nice work. Most of that crusher stuff is high Manganese and will work harden well from impact.

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    Re: I made an Anvil

    that is huge. Looks like a real anvil to me. Good job.
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    Wow. Great job on the anvil. Very impressive !


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    Re: I made an Anvil

    Very Nice.

    Any pictures when you were cutting it or forming the horn?

    sounds like a tough job.
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    Yep... I bet you added some new words to the Dictionary making that Hardy too. Nice work.
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    Very nice work! I've wanted to do something similar for ages, but I don't think I could make an anvil that nice!

    How'd you turn the horn all nice and conical like that? Was the steel hard to grind?

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    To answer the earlier questions about the horn and the hardy hole. I shaped the horn with a carbon arc gouging torch and the a 7" grinder and yeah its hard! The hardy hole I drilled the 4 corners with a 1/4" bit and the finnnaly a 1" bit in the center and cleaned it up with a carbide bur. I have about 100 hours in it! seems crazy and really freaked out some old timers when I told them what I was doing at my industrial park.
    It seemed like a good idea at the time!

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    Very impressive indeed and it has a patent! Being manganese steel I'd guess preheat would be a no no or preheat and/or welding would have to be kept under about 500 deg's.?
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    That is truly Impressive! Very clean shaping on the horn. I would not have guessed it was done with a handheld grinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welder Dave View Post
    Very impressive indeed and it has a patent! Being manganese steel I'd guess preheat would be a no no or preheat and/or welding would have to be kept under about 500 deg's.?
    I've done build up work on manganese crusher jaws, believe it or not a severe water quench will soften mang, we would run a few beads and and cool it with water to prevent cracking. It's weird stuff.

    As far as work hardening goes, I showed a guy once that you could go to the corner of a jaw and put a huge divot in with a center punch. But if you beat on the same spot with a hammer and tried the punch again it would flatten the tip of the punch. Heat and quench and it was soft again.

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    I did pre heat it, that was a trip. basically made a ring about 30" filled it with Kingsford briquets put the 2 pieces in there and covers with another bag and let it preheat. Every bead I ran had to be peened with an pneumatic impact, just as soon as the slag peeled off. If I didn't peen it it would crack almost immediately. I made this in 2012 and looks so cool in the shop!
    It seemed like a good idea at the time!

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    Re: I made an Anvil

    What are it’s dimensions?


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    I’ll give you 100 bucks for it…

    That looks like it was a lot of work…should serve you well for years…

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    Re: I made an Anvil

    Really nice job on the anvil.

    Manganese doesn't work harden, it work toughens.

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    Re: I made an Anvil

    It's 25 1/2" long, 5" wide by 13" tall and weighs about 340 lbs.
    It seemed like a good idea at the time!

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    Re: I made an Anvil

    That is extremely well crafted! My hat's off to you sir.
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    welding1, you are like a chainsaw artist except you sculpt with a carbon arc gouging torch
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