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Re: Building up an old anvil

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George Marsh

09-13-2013 08:38:24
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My boy lives in Plainfield. He drove by a house where people were moving and there was a large anvil next to the road, giving it away.

He picks it up and gave it to me. I put in on a 3 ft log for a stand. Well that was years ago. The only thing I can figure out the anvil is good for is gathering saw dust. Getting tired of moving it out of my way. If I need to bend metal, I have a 20 ton press. Or put metal in my large vise and pound away.

What does a person do with an anvil? Would make a nice boat anchor, but I don't have a boat.

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dboll

09-14-2013 15:25:55
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to George Marsh, 09-13-2013 08:38:24  
if one has the skills and the proper tooling a person can make just about anything on an anvil



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dr sportster

09-14-2013 13:19:01
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to George Marsh, 09-13-2013 08:38:24  
Here is an example of what you can do with an anvil; I go to an estate sale an buy an anvil for 60 bucks . I go to a garage sale and buy a crow bar [old round and forged] for one dollar then I cut up the crow bar on the chop saw beat out three auto body spoons on the anvil more unusual than ones you can buy today. Then I sell the spoons on ebay for 25 bucks each . Anvil paid for plus fourteen bucks. I like this anvil. Don't keep it in the way but just keep it around.Much more valuable than a boat anchor.

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hillbillyjack

09-14-2013 07:34:00
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to George Marsh, 09-13-2013 08:38:24  
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Well, after you break your vise you will have a place to put your anvil.



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George Marsh

09-15-2013 11:51:18
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to hillbillyjack, 09-14-2013 07:34:00  
My vice may be older than I am. I bought it used 35 years ago. I had to use my loader to put it on the workbench. I bet it's as heavy as my anvil. This vice was made in the USA, not china.



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jon f mn

09-13-2013 18:59:45
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to George Marsh, 09-13-2013 08:38:24  
If you don't want it I'll take it. Would even pay some. I can pick it up too if you like near a trucking lane.



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john in nebraska

09-13-2013 15:41:47
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to George Marsh, 09-13-2013 08:38:24  
You have never watched a blacksmith at work? Go to youtube, or a farm show. With nothing more than hammer and tongs, a good smith can do near unbelieveable items. Remember all the iron parts of a wood wheel farm wagon were made on the anvil. The first steam engines, anvil. First railroads, anvil. Just takes imagination.



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Dr. Walt

09-14-2013 20:18:41
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to john in nebraska, 09-13-2013 15:41:47  
OK John, I've got the imagination. Build me a lap-top computer on an anvil.

LOL !



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George Marsh

09-13-2013 15:53:25
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to john in nebraska, 09-13-2013 15:41:47  
I worked with a man who was a blacksmith on weekends. So, yes I've seen a blacksmith. I still don't have a need for an anvil. Just takes up space and collects dust.



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wilson ind

09-15-2013 12:33:53
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to George Marsh, 09-13-2013 15:53:25  
I remember him forget what he taught



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George Marsh

09-15-2013 17:26:01
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to wilson ind, 09-15-2013 12:33:53  
He was the head of the History dept. Retired about 15 years ago and does blacksmithing full time.



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36 coupe

09-14-2013 02:34:30
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to George Marsh, 09-13-2013 15:53:25  
A blacksmith I knew would sit you on his anvil and give you a haircut for 35 cents.He built one of the first big V type snow plows used here.Cataracts took his eyesight away.He could not stand being unable to work at blacksmithing.He shot himself.Before electric welding Blacksmiths made all iron and steel items.Good anvils are hard to find.Sell it to a fellow who will put it to work.



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s.crum

09-14-2013 04:22:40
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to 36 coupe, 09-14-2013 02:34:30  
This is interesting. My Father used to build the big "V" snow plows as a side line to his bodyshop. I have one of them here he built when he was 22 years old. Yard art for me as I don't have anything big enough to use it on. My Father succumbed to congestive heart failure when I was 16 months old. Ironically I gave up welding full time due to cataracts in both eyes 2 years ago. Certainly a universe of difference in technology between the last time I welded and the last time my Father welded. Two sessions of outpatient surgury restored 85% of my vision. And had the technology existed in 1960, medication would have probably saved my Father's life.

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36 coupe

09-15-2013 04:04:48
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to s.crum, 09-14-2013 04:22:40  
I take 2 meds for CHF.They keep blood pressure down but I think the major factor is stress.I welded a bracket on my neighbors riding lawn mower in May and noticed the weld looked awful.Its held all summer.Had an eye exam,cataracts are present.Was going to have one eye done but chickened out.I take daily BP readings.They run 121 to 162.Got a reading of 180 at Doctors aug 2.



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JML755

09-18-2013 05:33:08
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to 36 coupe, 09-15-2013 04:04:48  
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Why did you chicken out? I had my right eye done Aug 9, 15 minute operation, was awake during the surgery (light anesthesia). Could see 20-20 in that eye right out of surgery. Absolutely no pain or discomfort. Had left eye done last Monday. Same deal: could see great out of it as I walked out of the hospital, no discomfort. Only difference was that the left eye was 20-25. Doc said it may improve but I'm happy with it. Not cheap but 30 years ago, there was no miracle solution. Doc removed old cloudy lens and put ocular implants in. Only downside: Still need to wear glasses but for close-up work and reading. Heading to Lowes today to buy safety glasses with reading lens built in.

One of our customers is a company that makes the ocular implants. Pretty neat. They're poured in a mold and then then machined on a mill. We make systems that measure the critical dimensions on them during the mfg process. If you chickened out due to fear of some kind, reconsider. You won't be sorry.

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George Marsh

09-15-2013 12:00:47
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 Re: Building up an old anvil in reply to 36 coupe, 09-15-2013 04:04:48  
36 coupe,
I retired 10 years ago and it is nice not to be under stress. My BP runs a little high, been keeping good records. 3 days we had a heat wave and I'm not smart enough to stay inside. Got over heated, BP dropped as low as 99/59. Thought I was going to pass out. Next day it spiked, 169/120. Learned a good lesson, drink only water and stay out of the heat. BP is back to my normal level. Still going to see a DR in a few weeks. Guess if I live for 2 more weeks, I must be in good shape. It bugs me that it takes so much time to see a DR, so by the time I do, I may not need to see him.

Perhaps you need a stress reliever. I like tractor therapy as a stress reliever. Love to play in the dirt with a backhoe.

George

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