Blacksmith Anvil Restoration Part 2 of 2
- Published on Nov 14, 2011
- In part two of the blacksmith anvil restoration we went to the river to film. We made a custom forge from scrap metal for this perticular project and set it up by the river. We also had a specialy made fork attachment that fit on the the trailer hitch of the truck in order to submerge the hot anvil into the river to cool down and harden. In order to harden the anvil we heated it to about 1600F to the point where the large magnet would no longer stick to the anvil indicating that the critical temperature point was reached. This meant that the anvil was ready to be quenched. We removed it from the river and used a grinder to get rid of the slag in order to see if the edge repair welds were in good standing. Fortunately for us the welds held very well and there were no cracks or any signs of weaknes of the repairs. We then had to temper the anvil by placing it back on the forge and used light heat to bring it to about 500 -600 degrees F. After this we put the anvil back into the river to cool down the same way as before. Finally we brought the anvil back to the shop and cleaned the face a little better and tested the rebound. The results were much better that we expected. We are happy to bring this anvil back to life for many years to come.
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