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    Apr 2016
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    Looking for suggestions on first anvil

    I've started working with copper sheets...making bowls and such, but I'd like to find a decent anvil to use just for sheet metal.
    Any suggestions as to what to buy?
    I don't want to spend a lot on one til I see if I want to take metal working serious. Some new anvils are quite expensive. Then there are old ones that bring more than new price.
    I just want something simple and inexpensive for now.
    Any suggestions?
    Is a 9 lb anvil sufficient? Thanks.

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    Mar 2015
    I do not know good from bad anvil wise but I bought a 55 lb. anvil from harbor freight 20 years ago and have beat on it quite a bit , it has not broke

  3. #3
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    Aug 2014
    Silicon Valley, CA
    I'm not the expert you are looking for, but from a short "Organic Metalworking" class several years ago I'd expect soft metals, like copper, to be worked on heavy sandbags or wooden forms (maybe hard maple) instead of a true anvil. I guess it depends on what you are doing.

    Also, I remember reviews of the HF anvils. Apparently they long ago offered an anvil which was an exceptional value (from Russia?) that is remember fondly. (That is decent for cheap, it was never called great.) *However* the current HF offerings are derided as "ASO", i.e. Anvil Shaped Objects. All reviews indicate they pretty much got everything wrong with these models, but this is blacksmiths who are working hot steel & iron and may be more demanding than you need.

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    An anvil needs to have a hard top. Your hammer should bounce back up. Look up "ASO"
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    I haven't done a lot of metal fabrication but have made a couple floor pans and such for automotive projects. I sourced a lot of the hardware and tools from Eastwood. For bowl work I don't think you will need a large anvil. You will more likely need something you can get around. How about using some schedule 40 welded pipe caps. They have good contours and if you take a piece of sq bar stock and weld it up inside you could hold it in a simple machinist vice or in the hole of a larger anvil. You could also form one out of a piece of RR track. I would only go at that with a 7' grinder. The small angle grinders would have you there for a long time.
    On my automotive metal I got to thinking I was a hand. I hand made a fender that had me thinking I was pretty slick. Life being a humbling experience, I tried to make one that would match for the other side, so it was looking the other way...imposserous

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