I'm in sort of a unique situation. I work at a military training site for
urban warfare which consists of a small third world city. The city has a
small rail area with a street crossing which is mainly used to deny access
by blocking the street with a rail car. When the contractors built the rail
lines, they left the spare ties and a few feet of rail.
I saw a base that was made of concrete and poured round. About 30" round,
and 6" thick. Once you got it up on its balance point, it would roll around
pretty good. It had a piece of 2" flatbar around the bottom so the concrete
wouldn't chip off as it rolled.
Rail offcuts from repairs, are often left along the tracks.
Many rail roads have rules that if rail is scrapped, it must be chopped
into short chunks (2' - 3' long), and these chunks end up at scrap
The best stuff is heavy crane rail.
It can be 12 - 18 inches tall and is much heavier than normal rail
Makes much bigger anvils.
For my intended purposes, a railroad track anvil will do just fine as well.
Where the track is not enough, for now, my forklift's counterweight is an
ideal anvil with many different curves, steps and flat areas.
Getting a band rolled at a shop probably wouldn't be that much. Or you
could just get lucky and find a piece of large diameter pipe and cut a
slice. Easy to say, harder to do, unless you have a cutting band
You might be able to get a piece of sonotube to form the round part, or just
get a piece of sheet metal cut and make it into a round tube, and cut it off
when the concrete hardens. Or leave it on.
Now that you got the idea, you might reach some creative solutions on your
Might even be able to get a rolled piece of rebar from a local supplier or
steel yard. They use them all the time in big pours. It would be very
durable for a rolling ring, and you could weld other rebar to it inside the
pour for strength.
Then you might consider buying a forklift to move this growing puppy
"Al Patrick" wrote some "stuff.." Where to begin! Oh, Al, now that I know
what you have to tell us, I can see that I should go out and destroy my rail
anvil, as well as all my welding stuff along with it. Impossible to know
when some sneaky foreigner will take these things and use them against our
beloved country. But, don't you see--it's not only welding track--it's
EVERY form of craftsmanship. Can't be careful enough.
"The Guy" wrote: Damn...this probably means that we need to start recycling
STOP this at once! You are just putting new ideas in the minds of the
terrorists. If you are truly patriotic, and wish to support the war on
terror, you will stop thinking of things.
Leo Lichtman wrote in article
I suspect that the people involved in terrorist activities have already
thought up some pretty scary things on their own - far beyond a little
joking around on an internet news group, and far beyond the thinking of the
vast majority of the world's population.
After all, who ever suggested using a modern airliner as a warhead?
Bob Paulin wrote in article
Terrorists are capable of thinking up activities that would make a strong
For example, nobody had to write on a news group that beheading someone is
far more graphic and disturbing than shooting them. They already knew that,
and that's why they do it!
I also suspect that the continuous "Chicken Little" warnings from people
such as Al Patrick and you serve to de-sensitize people on the real issues
- to the point that they begin to take serious discussion on these issues
with a large grain of rock salt, expecting the "knee-jerkers" to control
Given Al Patrick's paranoia and convoluted thinking resulting from an
innocent question about welding, I would certainly not believe him if he
were reporting live, from a 747 airliner headed straight down to the
50-yard-line at the Super Bowl - with three television cameras mounted in
the cockpit, cabin, and on the wing broadcasting on all television stations
- broadcast and cable - in real time....well, maybe if the cameras were
REALLY in focus. LOL!
Such preposterous notions as those of Al Patrick - and yourself - are
really, to quote comedian Gallagher, "...THAT, F****ing Stupid!"
If we allow the terrorists to change the way we live, and the way we think
- suspecting everbody and everything, and afraid to pass along technical
information to help a fellow hobbyist or trade worker because it might be
used incorrectly - then they will have won.
Leo Lichtman wrote in article
Given your twisted rationale, perhaps the nation's security people should
stop developing extra security for major public events.....it only gives
terrorists new ideas for targets that we consider to have high value,