Been lurking here for sometime now. I check this site almost daily and have picked up some good info. I am a novice machinist although I have been working with metal for a little over 6 years. I have a small black smith shop and primarily do hand forged knives. I do have a HF X2 mill, used mostly for making guards for my knives. I also have an almost new Jet 9x20 lathe that I found for $400. It had a QCTP and a good bit of tooling.
I decided to document my post anvil build.
This week I had 2 pieces of 5"x5" 4160 follow me home. They are a little over 29" long and weigh 206# each. One is going to be my post anvil.
Pic #2 and #3
I wanted some lifting lugs, just in case I decide to heat treat the face. There was no way to get a 206# piece of steel on the table of my floor model drill press. Sat my little 5 speed table top Clarke in the floor and used it to drill two 27/64" holes, 1 1/4" deep. Had to go very slow or the little Clarke would stall. Tapped for 1/2"-13 bolts 1" long.
For the stand, I used the stock I had on hand. The base is 1/2" plate, 16" square. The frame is 1 1/2"x3/16" angle. The cross braces are 3/8"x1" bar. With the cross brace spacing I have now, the anvil face height can be adjusted from 32" TO 34" IN 1/2" increments.
I will post more pics as the build continues.
Thanks for looking.