Build an anvil from an old railroad track yourself

Old railway tracks are suitable for building an anvil itself. However, the very hard steel rails should already be cut to the desired anvil length. For machining and forming, machining must be used, which has a very high resistance. The tools must be correspondingly efficient.

Steel type and weight

The typical and most common type of rail is the so-called mushroom rail. The thickening of the rail head and a broad bulging thickening on the rail foot is an ideal basic form to build an anvil itself. Depending on the application requirements, the former running surface or the foot part can be selected as an anvil web.

In most cases, rails are made of carbon steel, which is carbon steel. This type of steel is considered poorly weldable. In the machinability scale of one for bad and ten for good, this steel gets a five. As an approximate guide, a weight of 60 kilograms per meter can be used.

Pre-cut rough pieces to fit pre-cut

The complex and heavy workability should be as minimal as possible. It is recommended to buy the blank already with diagonal tapering from the upper to the lower part. In this way, the grinding of the horns is reduced to the greatest possible minimum of material removal. If no horns are needed for the anvil shape, a straight, vertical cut at the ends is the best solution.

Work the rail

The hard structural steel of the rail can be machined with an angle grinder or a flex with device outputs of at least 1500 watts. The material removal is low and can only be implemented with tool angles up to twenty degrees. Therefore, for example, in a desired round Hornform an enormous amount of time to consider.

Progress in machining is significantly influenced by multiple machining and tool factors:

  • Abrasive and grain
  • rotation speed
  • feed force
  • Coolant or cooling pauses

For the self-build an anvil with a horn without rounding should be calculated between forty and sixty hours of grinding. A funnel-shaped round horn alone can take up to thirty more hours of grinding. Rarely in private workshops is the alternative processing option with a plasma cutter.

Tips & Tricks

If you tend to do minor fixing or forging work, an anvil replacement from an old metal beam or a reinforced concrete block can be a cheap and less labor-intensive alternative.

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