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Old 07-05-2019, 11:08 AM   #1
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Default Anvil restoration

In-laws found this 50Ib anvil at an estate auction for 10.00. Itís rough, but I think it could be a decent piece. Itís not a huge anvil, but Iíve wanted one for awhile. I enjoy projects like this, and figured Iíd share the process with yíall.

Didnít intend to work on it yesterday, but I was putting some tools away and decided to give the surface some work.



Still have some surface work to do, and a lot of work overall. But any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. This is a new type of project for me.

Iíll post pictures along the way.



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Old 07-05-2019, 11:34 AM   #2
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If that thing could talk...

Very cool, please keep us updated on progress. Did you use a wire wheel for the cleanup?
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Old 07-05-2019, 11:39 AM   #3
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Great score. I'll give you $20 for it.

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Old 07-05-2019, 12:02 PM   #4
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Heck I will give ya $2 a pound
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:11 PM   #5
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So next question. I love a good patina and something with great character, but this is more rust than anything. Would y’all just refinish surface and horn, and leave everything else? Or knock down the major rust and keep it rough looking?
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:14 PM   #6
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I'd knock off the rust and use it as is
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Old 07-05-2019, 12:16 PM   #7
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That’s a great project!
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:41 PM   #8
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If that thing could talk...

Very cool, please keep us updated on progress. Did you use a wire wheel for the cleanup?
There was major pitting and some uneven areas. I used a gridding wheel to level it out and get rid of the pitting. Then used a grinding/polish wheel to start smoothing it out. I used an angle grinder brush attachment to knock the rust off.
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:43 PM   #9
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heck of a find for $10.00!
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:49 PM   #10
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I would just start using it. No need to use a grinder to get rid of the pitting.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:20 AM   #11
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When I first saw the post, I thought........restore an anvil.....how do you f-up an anvil to the point it needs restoration? My dad always told me boy "you could f-up an anvil". It looks great to me, go ahead and start beating some metal, forge something. Great find.
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:37 PM   #12
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Default Anvil restoration

Small update. So I took some TBH advice and decided to knock the rust off and leave as is. Finally got some time to work on the anvil today, and Iím pleased with the results! Leveled and completed the face, smoothed the horn and table out, and knocked the remaining rust of the rest of the anvil. I also smoothed the base out, so it will sit flat on the bench. I like the rough look with a clean top.


After smoothing base, the rebound had improved greatly and really feels nice when working on the surface. Has a nice ďpingĒ now.

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Old 07-13-2019, 06:43 AM   #13
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sweet restore.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:59 AM   #14
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Nice find. The only left that I would do if'n it were mine is take it to a machine shop and run it across their head surfacing grinder to true up the face and have a perfectly flat working surface. Probably wouldn't cost much and helps a great deal when forging a thin flat blade.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:05 AM   #15
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That’s pretty good looking now.
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