Anthony San Miguel
Here are a few pics of my smithy. I've only been hammering hot steel for about 9 months but I've put together a shop that I really enjoy spending time in. So far this setup is working for me.

The fuller that I ground into the upright rail is excellent for drawing out hot steel fast because all the force is focused on a small area and because of all the mass that is directly beneath it. Also the hot cut that I ground into the rail is the one I use the most even though I have 3 hot cut hardie tools. Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150723_231849.jpg, Views: 186, Size: 1.08 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150602_213811.jpg, Views: 167, Size: 1.85 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150602_213647.jpg, Views: 150, Size: 1.90 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150503_221313.jpg, Views: 151, Size: 2.04 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150602_213950.jpg, Views: 148, Size: 1.87 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150602_214010.jpg, Views: 140, Size: 2.06 MB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20150512_204950.jpg, Views: 144, Size: 1001.41 KB
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jmccustomknives
9 months?  you've got more tools than most guys that's been in it for years.  Where'd you find all those anvils?  lol.  They are like hens teeth around 'bama.

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Anthony San Miguel
Lol. My garage was already a wood shop because I built custom speaker boxes for a living for 3 years. So I already had a lot of tools. When the smithing bug bit me last November I turned it into a Blacksmith shop. I went without a real (London pattern) anvil for a few months, using RR rail and other things I found at the scrapyard. I found my first 2 anvils in March. The same guy had both. They were an 82lb Hay Budden and a 125lb Mouse Hole Forge anvil. I bought the HB first and the Mousehole forge about a month later.

Then, in June I went to a local auction house to bid on a 246lb JEB Austrian anvil and I won it for $300! I was absolutely elated!

Then, a lady was selling a Trenton made Acme anvil in pretty good shape at the flea market 2 weeks ago so l snagged it up. I went a few months without finding an anvil but after I found my first one they started turning up left and right. Matter of fact, I saw a small, really nice Soderfors last night. It was only 70lbs but in great shape. But I primarily went to see the guy because he said he might have some other Blacksmith tools. He wanted too much for an anvil that small, even a Soderfors. He didn't have any blacksmith tools.
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jmccustomknives
It only took me 4 1/2 years to find my first.  After that 2 more fell in my lap.  Since I didn't use them I sold them off.  My shop is too cluttered.  I'd put a pic up, but it'd look like Fred Sanfords scrap yard.  lol. 

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Anthony San Miguel
I'll bet I could find something good in Fred Sanford's scrap yard. Every time I go to one of the local ones I find something good. I'll post pics up later of today's score. Lots of marked, unused 1045. I've been wanting to make a Brian Brazeal style rounding hammer and I'm finally going to make one.
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jmccustomknives
Maybe you could make one of those hammers for the Iron in the Pot  [wink].  Since I don't dabble much with architectural blacksmithing, I've never needed one of those hammer.  Not to say if I had one I wouldn't use it.  [biggrin]

Rule #10;  "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."

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Hank Rearden
I get the anvil thing. Took forever to get my first anvil and then it wasn't in great shape after all. Then I got a 203 lbs Paragon Soderfor for 250 bucks. The forge was the most difficult. Went to several auction and always got outbid.
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Anthony San Miguel
jmccustomknives wrote:
Maybe you could make one of those hammers for the Iron in the Pot  [wink].  Since I don't dabble much with architectural blacksmithing, I've never needed one of those hammer.  Not to say if I had one I wouldn't use it.  [biggrin]


That sounds like fun. I'll try to get it done soon.
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Anthony San Miguel
Hank Rearden wrote:
I get the anvil thing. Took forever to get my first anvil and then it wasn't in great shape after all. Then I got a 203 lbs Paragon Soderfor for 250 bucks. The forge was the most difficult. Went to several auction and always got outbid.


NICE anvil! And at a good price too.
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Jacob Elmslie
i have been holding on to a 215lb hay budden (pretty sure but label is pretty worn away) for over 10 years. it has been in my college dorm, apartments, and garage (workshop i had for a while) now is in storage and hope to get a shop going soon again. got it for 150 from a friend.
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Anthony San Miguel
Heck yeah! Hay Buddens are my favorite anvil and that's a good size and good price.
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NorrinRadd
Excellent smithy! You sure hit it just right. It took me a year and a half to find my 160+lb Star anvil, paid a fair price definitely not a sweetheart deal like some get. I had been using track and a 2" plate until then.

Your grinder in that second pic looks a lot like mine, is it a 2x42 Craftsman?
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Anthony San Miguel
Thanks! Watching craigslist often, auction houses, antique shops and the flea market have really helped me put my shop together fairly quickly. Yes, that is one of the older 2/3hp Craftsman 2x42's.
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