Thanks for the input guys. I was talking with another bladesmith freind of
mine, who saw the photos of the work. I ground one end into a cone-shaped
(more or less) horn, and left the other end squared off. Anyways, both ends of
it have the "belly" pretty substantially undercut. This was a design mistake
on my part, and I think it has a lot to do with the incredible RINGING!!!! that
happens in use!
Anyways, I think you guys are right about "cutting my losses" on this
one--Harbor Freight sells more appropriate (albeint imorted) anvils for less
money than this thing will most likely cost me to finish!
Anyways, here is MY idea for cutting the loss---let me know if you guys have
any ideas about it. I already have a "horn" of sorts on one end (not a great
design, but it's ok). I was considering cutting the OTHER end into a
flattened, more pyramid shaped horn, actually longer than the other side? I
think this kind of tool is called a "bick" or something? A smallish-double
Then i would only have about a 2 1/2"X8" section to use for forging. With some
more quality time with my angle grinder and belt sander, i could get that part
nice and flat. Perhaps I could even scoop part of it out--as per one of the
suggestions, and use it as a straigtening jig? This would really make this
thing a useful tool, even if it's not the one I set off to build?
I still like the idea of hard-facing the surface, and maybe part of the
horn(s). I have a freind of a friend in the RR biz, who said he'd take a look
Anyways, i don't think ALL is lost on the project. The rail weighed over 100
pounds to start with, but some was lost in the cutting and torching. Then i
mounted it (with some serious welding) to a really thick steel plate that must
go 40 pounds on it's own.
My new plan might include using some more scrap, to weld onto the belly, to add
some weight, and try and cut down the ringing a little.
If anyone has some thoughts about making a multi-use light anvil like this, let
me know? I'd hate to just dump the project now, after hours of grinding and
torching, but am coming to realize it ain't going to turn into what i'm looking
again, i have some good photos of it, but don't have the knowledge or web space
to upload them anywhere. If you guys are interested, email me, and i'll send
it along! (I need all the help i can get!!)