Anvil stand (Blacksmithing from a woodworkers perspective).

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Anvil stand
workspace for blacksmithing

This post is from the blog:
This will not be a blacksmithing blog series, but blacksmithing from a woodworkers perspective, a how I get started and the tricks I learn to make a woodworker able to forge his own tools and finish them up.

1. The anvil stand.
2. Gifts from a friend.
3. Roof batterns.
4. Fitting the anvil.
5. Leather strips.
6. That’s it.

After taking a blacksmithing class I realized there were no way back for me, I needed to have this possibility in my workshop, the ability to make, repurpose, restore tools for woodworking on my own, to forge the blade, then give it a handle or a body and finally make shaves with it, is for me the feeling of a full circle. Ohhh yes and then it is just another chance to learn new, to open new paths and get a wider perspective, so yes the child in me are fully alive and still endlessly curious.

Hope it can inspire others to make tools.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 04-18-2016 10:17 PM

Good job, Mads. Are you going to make your own forge, now?
I tried to open you blog/83666, and kept getting “page not found.” I sent a message to Cricket.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-18-2016 10:49 PM

Great anvil stand, Mads. And all the tools are handy around it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-19-2016 12:00 AM

Nice stand. Very beautiful anvil. I have a blacksmith mate, always buying and selling anvils, I’ve never seen one like this.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 04-19-2016 12:27 AM

Very good!

COOL way to do it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 04-19-2016 12:44 AM

I think you have a good head start with that stand. At first I thought that was a pick axe. But knowing you, you have a tendency to be around some cool vintage tools.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Combo Prof

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#6 posted 04-19-2016 01:28 AM

I like it.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#7 posted 04-19-2016 01:57 AM

I like it! That looks like a very unique anvil, it looks like you will be able to forge many gouge sizes on it.
I am still searching for an affordable anvil so I can begin forging also.
Have fun, I can just see you blacksmithing in Turkey.

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#8 posted 04-19-2016 02:29 AM

I really like your tools straps. That’s an inventive way to store them, close at hand. I may see if I can include that concept in my future bench build.

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#9 posted 04-19-2016 06:49 AM

Great work, Mads. I’m going down the same route myself. My forge should arrive this week, and I’m setting up an anvil stand now.

I like the leather holder idea, I might have to borrow that.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 04-19-2016 08:17 AM

Nice work buddy, How cool is that…...

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 04-19-2016 12:39 PM

Nice Mafe. A clever, simple design. Hmmmm wheels on one edge and an extending handle and you could travel around with it like a piece of luggage. :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 04-19-2016 01:17 PM

Now even in use. ;-)
I made the stand a little higher, this feels better when swinging the hammer.

The last parts for the forge arrived today, so it’s on fire now and I am with a smile.
A hot smile.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 04-19-2016 01:29 PM

That’s looking good, Mads. You’re certainly a man who knows how to make the most out of every square inch of his shop while enjoying every minute of it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 04-19-2016 02:43 PM

Mads you cease to impress me. I can’t fathom it anymore.

I hope the pipes are working for you.

== Madts

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#15 posted 04-19-2016 05:39 PM

Super Cool, Mafe. What is the name of that shape of anvil? Never seen on like that before.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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