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Kiwi tussock

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I have one but its yet to be set up.
How does one determine what height a swage block surface should be set at?
Is it the same as an anvil?
I  am thinking that if at all possible, it would be best if its height could be adjusted, as, if I am going to run a small light weight bit over it, then the chosen top surface of the block is likely to be best around knuckle height
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if its going to have something larger, then a sledge will likely be used so maybe, a lower height might be better.
What say you?

An idea of a mounting for it would be really appreciated also!
I'm sure this is going to be a major bit heaving to get it to where it needs to be.
Anyone know of any Steel Capped Gloves about?

A photo of the beast is attached.
Cheers
    & a very happy, safe New Year to yee all.
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mtforge

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To mount it I went with a slotted base. If I'm using the edge it goes down into the slot. If I'm using a face it sits flat on top. The height is another thing altogether. I tried to keep it at my anvil height but my daughter put a block in the slot to raise it up. Apparently it was too low for her on the sides. You may want to make it adjustable. High for light/fine work and lower for heavy work.
How heavy is that block? We move ours by hand but it looks a lot smaller than yours.
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Anthony San Miguel

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This is how I have mine mounted. I have 3 slits/cuts into an oak stump that it sits in, depending on which side I'm using.

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Kiwi tussock

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Its weight is....  "A Bl...y Hard Struggle".
I dunno what the thing weighs as I haven't had it near a set of scales yet.
Generally, it sits in one place until I HAVE TO move it.
I actually have yet to use it for the purpose that it was designed for.  Presently (today) its supporting the 2 King Pins and Hubs off a tractor that's being restored.  They are there while the blue restoration paint is drying, with the King Pins shoved in a couple of its orifices.

I'd be interested in a photo or two of your mounting set up. 
Is it a tree stump or log with a side section of it cut out, for an edge to sit on? 
That's what i have wondered about doing but ain't got to it yet.
I remember seeing an image somewhere of a Swage block sitting on/in an angle iron frame.  It was also able to sit on its edge but I wondered about the strength of it, when pounding upon a heavier piece of iron. 
I'm tinkin' dat only you real wise, experienced fellas would know what would be most appropriate.

Have a good-un.
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Anthony San Miguel

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There is only one solution and it's quite simple. You're going to have to get multiple swage blocks and position each one differently to avoid having to turn it every time you need to use a different side! Mine only weighs around 70 lbs but I've pinched my fingers more than once turning it over in the various cutouts in the stump.
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Sorry for the delay in responding between doing end of year inventory and someone cutting the internet cable in our area I'm slow in getting back. Here is some pictures of my setup.


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Kiwi tussock

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Hmmm, good one.  I assume that the centre piece under the vertical standing position, is a solid block of Hard wood.

Hey hows about you grab a white felt marker to write my name and address, plus stick a postage stamp on that cone and drop it off to the Post office for me. 
Just spotted your hammer.  Is that got two diff dome heads on it, or is it a flatter on one end.

Thanks for your time.
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mtforge

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The center is a piece of wood to raise it a little higher. My daughter (who works for me full time as a blacksmith) likes the sides higher than I do. So it's a thick shim. Can't send the cone it's used quite a bit to make round trivets. When we beat the daylights out of them to make them round. The hammer is a large ball pien. I rounded the large flat end to make double pien with the radius I needed. Works great on the swage block.
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"The hammer is a large ball pien. I rounded the large flat end to make double pien with the radius I needed. Works great on the swage block."

Some of the best ideas are the simplest ones!
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