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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:11 pm 
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Hello everyone, gosh it's been a while :) hope everyone is well.

I had an anvil made on here by Hitch ages back and my goodness it's taken
hundreds of thousands of hammer blows and is still going but it's starting to
wear down a bit and reckon it's time for a replacement

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What I had in mind this time round is 2 large steel blanks, they can be any shape
and i'm not at all concerned about how they look but the more weight they have the merrier.
I would also like 4 of the largest threadless hex head bolts you can get your hands on.

I would like one blank to be fully drilled through and the other blank to be only half drilled through.
in the diameter relative to the bolt size.

I'll then place 4 rings, one in each of the holes in the half drilled blank, I'll stack the other blank on top, insert
the bolts and simply bash the bolts with a hammer to get my rings.

For that reason, the end of each bolt should be as flat as is reasonably possible.

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Any chance? :D
Noel Craig
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:18 pm 
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Come to think of it, it probably wouldn't even need to be half drilled through
5mm's deep would suffice.


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If this anvil is too much hassle to make, I would happily settle for a copy
of the one made by Hitch, though his one requires welding as well as drilling.

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I am currently writing a guide on my crafts. I think it will prove quite a success
in the maile community and I think a lot of people are going to want to read it
and of those people I think a minor percentage will want anvil's made for
themselves, so I could include your details in the guide as the go-to person


It's unfinished but you can see the guide here

http://www.filedropper.com/midtolateperiodmaile

The only change I would like with hitches anvil is for the blanks to be a bit longer
because that extra weight would be useful.


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Could the mating faces be trued up on a lathe again Noel? Remove just enough material to flatten them...

I'm not sure what grade of steel that one was Noel, but definitely wasn't anything out of the ordinary...perhaps one made from a tougher steel....

Have you ever considered a fly press for this sort of task Noel...?

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Hi Hitch.

It probably sounds absurd, but the fact that the anvil was not made of an extraordinarily
strong alloy, has proven very useful. As the anvil wears down, it has allowed me to
produce increasingly authentic looking maile. I want to stick with a normal hammer
for the same reason.

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The only problem with the anvil really, is that the bolt is occasionally getting stuck
in the female blank. I think the lip of the hole drilled through the female is starting
to fold back on itself. All I did was flip the female and put the bolt through the other end instead
and that's me back to work again.

I could file the lip on the female and that should resolve the problem, no biggy.

Would be it be possible to make another version of the exact same anvil but with longer
blanks, rather than blanks with a wider diameter? This would increase the weight of the
anvil and should reduce the recoil effect I get with striking it. Sometimes the male
will recoil and the ring will slip out of the anvil.


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What do you rest the anvil on when you use is Noel?
Resting it on something very solid would make a world of difference...

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Right now im using a stack of firewood as a makeshift anvil. I originally
used a sturdy table with stainless steel legs and a half inch steel plate
for a surface but it was far too noisy and it started to drill it's way
through the concrete floor in my garage with the hammering I
was doing.

What I really want is a waist high wooden log for use as an anvil but
surprisingly enough, I cant find one, despite speaking to tree surgeons
and hiking through the local forest. ::b

I'd rather have a heavier version of the last anvil, perhaps an m30 bolt
rather than an m20 and enough space within to hold up to 10mm rings
because I may have a need for that soon.


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