can't believe what I'm reading and even less an answer or two given. Where am I?? Is this still the porch? Have I woken up from my lazy
afternoon nap into some tool-less purgatory where I'll have to
scream every minute until I die??
Of course you need an anvil! Maybe it
doesn't have to be a 230 lb Peter Wright in crispy mint perfect
condition, unless you got it cheap and need to rub our noses in it
over and over. Or maybe it does. But you got to have something
Soft steel "cluds" when you hit it in a
most unsatisfying manner even if it's an inch and a half thick, not
much better than the back porch steps. Those little cast iron plates on the
backside of vices are too small for much.
Huge caterpillar springs are better
than nothing and free. It's possible to make a passable surface out
of the "ground engagement" steel they use on loader and cat cutting
This is about an inch thick minimum and super tough but you
have to back that up with some mass as well. I welded a piece of it
onto a length of railroad tie (also some hardness to it) with
assorted gussets added that serves inside for light work
Oh, maybe you don't absolutely have to
buy an anvil for one specific project or other. But geeze, are we
Galoots or smarmy little weenies here?? The anvil is where you swat
stuff. Hit stuff. Make and break stuff. Pein rivets, cutoff over the
hardy, straighten, bend, and MAN-IP-ULATE stuff. (ahhhrooof)
If you got no anvil you might as well
throw 1/2 your hammers away and spend the rest of your life crying
about the cruelties of life cause you can't do anything about it.
The very idea.
in Happy Camp, CA