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    One could argue it would have been cheaper to go buy a second hand one, but the joy in doing that yourself beats buying one.......looks great and I'm sure will do the job. If the leaves are indication you're cooking, no pun intended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simplicity View Post
    If I can ask the hot metal beaters (I like that)
    Why oil and sand
    Not just sand
    Oil fills the voids between the sand grains - danps the noise too..

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    Thanks Bob [emoji106][emoji106]

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    If you are going to use sand see if you can find Zirconia bearing sand - it has twice the density of regular sand

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    I'll keep that in mind Bob and see what's available. Only need a bucketfull.

    Larkan, you raise an interesting point though it didn't cost me much in this case. I mean the rail didn't cost me anything and the only receipt I've got is for around $70 from memory for the bolts and auger bit etc and a few odd bits. But all the welding rods, around ten 9" cutting discs and a few grinding discs and pads, smaller 5" sanding and polishing.... Things I mainly had on hand but paid for at some point plus the power for the tools. Things still to be added maybe. I've no idea of the true cost but would confidently say it was cheaper than used anvils I've seen. Having said that, I never found myself in the right place at the right time to pick up a bargain, which I know does happen from time to time if you happen across the right person or the right clearing sale. Like a mate of mine who earlier this year came across a Peter Wright for $300 locally less than a km from my house. I was jealous as hell but this anvil was a bit beat up, particularly round the horn with deep cuts and a few chips on edges and the face and the pritchel hole butchered. I would've been stoked if I found it say a few months earlier but happy with what I got now, till I get a real one.
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    I want to make one now....

    thats a bewdy

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    Excellent anvil. If its worth anything ,my fabricated anvil is filled with lead.

    It is a Bisalloy 400 top strip with base and sides made from 20mm plate,

    It stabilized the anvil and took a bit of the ring out of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grahame Collins View Post
    Excellent anvil. If its worth anything ,my fabricated anvil is filled with lead.

    It is a Bisalloy 400 top strip with base and sides made from 20mm plate,

    It stabilized the anvil and took a bit of the ring out of it.
    gee you know the rules Grahame...picture or you didnt make it...lol
    why Bisalloy Graham...an auction has some going and it might be usefull to me

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    I was at the steel merchants / scrap guy looking for something else and he had this piece of offcut strip as scrap for $2. Undoubtedly from a dragline bucket refurbish as is often done in fab shops around Mackay in the 90's.

    It was calling out my name, so I bought it.

    It was always the intention to buy an anvil for knife making to when this came up I thought why not.

    I have posted pics years ago but cant find them now.

    Thanks for nothin mate, I had to hump the b*****d out ,clean all the crap off it to take photos.
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    Instead of a free steak knife there's a bonus pic of the bench anvil made from small cane rail.

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    When I had an anvil I was told not to bolt it down but just chain it to the block. I think it works as a shock absorber and might eliminate the creep. (It was hard for me to part with my anvil and then I found it was going into a city apartment as a coffee table base - industrial chic. If I'd known I would have kept it). Anyway great job you have done there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grahame Collins View Post

    Thanks for nothin mate, I had to hump the b*****d out ,clean all the crap off it to take photos.
    Look at it this way Grahame...now you know what it actually looks like instead of having to try and recall a mental fuzzy pic from the lost and forgotten region of your brain...and also the fact that the rest of us also know now...your a real mate ...thanks a million

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    Quote Originally Posted by eskimo View Post
    Look at it this way Grahame...now you know what it actually looks like instead of having to try and recall a mental fuzzy pic from the lost and forgotten region of your brain...and also the fact that the rest of us also know now...your a real mate ...thanks a million

    I have been meaning to make a stand for it for a while now -well 10 years really.it is in the shed now so I'll start tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eskimo View Post
    having to try and recall a mental fuzzy pic from the lost and forgotten region of your brain...:

    Thats the things I was trying to remember from from the day before yesterday.

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