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    Yeah, nothing no one hasn't already seen a few times, I'm sure.

    Been wanting to make one for stuff like this, has many other uses too, like on welding tables with square holes cut or cast in them such as Acorn. I plan on making several more to use on my bigger table, gotta make some sleeved holes in it first tho.

    Nothing more than a Vise Grip 11R (never use cheap ones, they are crap) with a 1" square piece of stock welded to where the stationary jaw was. I added an extension to the moving jaw, just a small piece of scrap. The force of pressure against the jaw simply jams it in the hardy hole, locking it in place. It can be made infinitely adjustable too, just make the bar for the hardy hole longer.

    I'm in the process of making a montage for some address numbers, needed something to hold smaller stuff like the leaf pictured down on the anvil so I can detail it without it moving all over the place.

    I'm by far NO expert blacksmith or ornamental iron artist, but I like to mess around with it when I get time.

  • #2
    Cool little project, I'm gonna have to Make one up for my anvil now too.


    • #3
      Yeah, me too.


      • #4
        i dont have an anvil but i do have a 6in thick tool steel plate with 2x2in perforations in it so this will be a cool way of fixturing things


        • #5
          7a749 , thats a pretty nice looking anvil you got there.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Showdog75 View Post
            7a749 , thats a pretty nice looking anvil you got there.

            150# Hay Budden, early style, entire tool steel forged upper.

            The later ones only had a plate for the top.

            It's around 100 years old or so from best guess.

            I got the info from a friend on another board that knows anvils pretty well. Paid about $350 for it 6 years ago.

            I like it a lot.


            • #7

              Great idea - so simple yet I'm kicking myself.

              Duh, if it was so simple and obvious, why didn't I didn't come up with it?

              This is why I love this forum.



              • #8
                I hate to say it, but I ended up making the leaf details on my metal table with no hold downs. The piece cooled off too quickly & was a PITA to reheat on the anvil.

                It still is handy for other stuff tho


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