Brian Ham wrote: I think my total mass of the anvil is around 40 lbs now.
I used 3* 5" long 3/8"D spikes of rebar to spike it into a 100-150lb round of Mulberry Tree wood which is between Oak and Mahogony as far as hardness and density go. I had originally planned on 6 spikes but my cordless drill went on the fritz after the first 3. Of course, I was "smart" and forgot to make it so I could access the spike holes when I added the U-channel so I only have 1 spike installed right now. I'll cut notches for the spikes soon. We are under a few inches of snow now though.
Mike Cantrell wrote:What's it mounted to?
I haven't been able to get a good weld either, but I figured it was my inexperience and not-quite-adequate forge/tools. A blacksmith friend said that if I could pre-heat the incoming air (he used an old hairdrier of his wife's) then I could get higher and more even temps without the char getting blown all over (volcanoing). I'm thinking for my V-Valley forge that I'm making, which would allow me to make longer straight piece, that I might run my air pipe back and forth though the forge body a few times to absorb and recycle heat that might be lost back into the air nozzles.
Robert Ray wrote:I haven't been able to get a good weld with charcoal, should probably fiddle with it a bit more.