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Forum topic by Brett posted 11-27-2012 03:24 AM 2314 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2012 03:24 AM

Last time I checked, my local Wal-Mart was fresh out of cast iron saw anvils (like this one shown below):

(EDIT: The workbench is not mine.)

I have an old dovetail saw that I’d like to restore, but I think I will need to flatten the blade a little on a saw anvil. Does anyone have suggestions for a modern, affordable substitute for a saw anvil?

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#1 posted 11-27-2012 03:40 AM

A two foot piece of train rail.

Nice rising DT’d leg on you workbench by the way.

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 05:40 AM

Train rail will get you the mass, but the top is crowned, not flat.

A piece of Flat Bar or square bar would be nice and it comes in widths from 1” up to 6” and in thicknesses from 1/4” to 4”.

Steel weighs roughly .29 lb per cubic inch.
So, if you want a 25 to 30 lb block you will need about 86 to 103 cubic inches.
If you start with 2” thick x 4” wide that is 8 cubic inches per inch of length.
So a 12” long, 2” x 4” flat bar will contain 96 cubic inches; and weigh 27.8 lbs.
I think this would be the minimum chunk you would want to use.

Any steel supply house should be able to sell you a piece of flat bar like this for $0.50 to $0.70 per pound.
They will probably charge you a cutting fee as well.

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 05:43 AM

I buy short metal bars on ebay sometimes. Prices can
be very good as they are scrap and thus no cutting

Shipping is often reasonable too as a small but heavy
steel bar still fits in a small priority mail box.

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 05:59 AM

About that train rail 1) IF you can find some LEGALLY they do work. 2) The bottom of the rail is flat, merely use the top in a vise.

Again, LEGALLY find rail, as these usually belong to some Rail Road. If you know a MOW crew member, ask them for any short scraps of rail. MOW? Maintainence Of Way. These are the folks that work on keeping the rails in good order.

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 02:55 PM

An I beam cut off from a construction site. Any old heavy table top off heavy machinery.

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