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RR Rail Anvil
« on: September 02, 2015, 03:48:46 PM »
Local antique dealer wants $125 for this anvil. He says he is sure it is factory made. I think it is repurposed RR rail with a nice long horn and a hardy hole.
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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2015, 04:29:49 PM »
I agree , rail made anvil. I have one on my work bench. I use it a few times a year.
I see a couple during the summer at flea markets.
Common project in the 50's I think. Maybe a Popular Mechanics feature?
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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 05:12:43 PM »
You see a lot of them on the 'Bay.  Usually a bit nicer than that one.

I managed to snag two in Maine this year.  Would be more than happy with $125.

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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2015, 05:16:27 PM »
think I sold one exactly like it for 25$ last yr.
I even put it in the molasses tank to clean it up.

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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2015, 05:56:29 AM »
No way I would pay $125 for that... It's not a BAD RR anvil, but it's not a great one either. But it is DEFINITELY an RR anvil.

$50 tops, and only if you want to do real light work.

RR can make a great anvil... If you stand it on its end.


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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2015, 07:49:20 PM »
No way I would pay $125 for that... It's not a BAD RR anvil, but it's not a great one either. But it is DEFINITELY an RR anvil.

$50 tops, and only if you want to do real light work.

RR can make a great anvil... If you stand it on its end.


http://www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/planfile/

This definitely gives me an idea.  I have a nice hunk of metal that might work as a small vertical anvil. 
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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2015, 09:36:16 PM »
If he gets $125 he'll be laughing all the way to the bank.
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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2015, 11:59:21 PM »
I wouldn't be willing to torch it out for $125, and I damn sure wouldn't torch it and grind it for that money. 

I might cut one for myself if I didn't have an anvil. 
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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2015, 05:21:00 AM »
I wouldn't be willing to torch it out for $125, and I damn sure wouldn't torch it and grind it for that money. 

I might cut one for myself if I didn't have an anvil.
I might :P Assuming someone else provided the rail. I don't think it would take 10 hours.

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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2015, 06:42:53 AM »
I have one about the same as Pawpaw's photo. Paid $35 for it in a junk shop. I have always wondered how someone put a hardy hole in it.
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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2015, 06:53:25 AM »
I have one about the same as Pawpaw's photo. Paid $35 for it in a junk shop. I have always wondered how someone put a hardy hole in it.
Drill a hole, and drift it or broach it are the best ways I know of.
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Re: RR Rail Anvil
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2015, 07:23:17 AM »
I don't think the layout and torch work would take all that long,maybe a couple of hours tops. I would try drilling a pilot hole for the hardy, 1/2" or so then open it up with the torch and finish it with a lot of filing. The horn would take the most time,you can get the basic shape with the torch but it would take a lot of grinding to get it looking good. A 9" grinder can really chew up a lot of material but you'd have to keep it cool and then do the last grinding with a smaller grinder. Not saying this is the best way to tackle it but that would be the way I would do it. If you were selling them for $125 dollars I don't think you would be making much money. I would estimate about 8 or 9 hours or so to make one.