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Anvil Stand Height?


About how tall is the wood log that you mount your anvil too? This is going to be used also,...

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About how tall is the wood log that you mount your anvil too? This is going to be used also, thanks Chris
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Chris Height depends on you. Mine is set so my fist is touching with my arm down while I am standing beside my anvil. Merton
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is your fist touching the top of the anvil or the top of the log?
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Default Re: Anvil Stand Highth?

On mine, it is where my hand is touching the top of the anvil. The log is approx 20 to 24 inches. and mine is held to the log with old black smith steel strap and then go's to a chain and the chain to a turn buckle to tighten it.
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Top of anvil Chris.
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Same here. Andy
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Ok, I guess that is what i will do, next step is, i need to find a resonably prices 150+ pound anvil
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Default Re: Anvil Stand Highth?

According to the Blacksmiths book "Edge of the anvil", the smittys knuckles should come to the top of the anvil with the smitty standing in an upright position. Bought the books, anvil etc. and thought I would have time to learn a little smithing but too many projects. Good reading though.

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Default Re: Anvil Stand Highth?

I believe its whats ever comfortable for you. But I think its your knuckles have to come to the top of the anvil
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Default Re: Anvil Stand Highth?

Hello,
A lot of the smiths I talk to, say to place it at a comfortable height for who ever is going to use it. I placed mine like stated in the books(knuckle height) and I can't work it too long or my lower back hurts. I took the advise of the smiths over at Iforgeiron.com and raised it up and I can work it for quite a while before I get down in the back.

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Default Re: Anvil Stand Highth?

I prefer slightly below the knuckles; figure you hammer has a head on it thats gonna off set that to another 1-1/2" or so......I've done some serious pounding higher and felt it in the elbow........with it lower my real power came from the wrist at the last second.


But only you know what you like.....try standing on some 2x4s and pounding, then put the 2x4s under your (anvil)stand......tell us what you've learned.
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Chris:it is true each smith will settle on their own height: but if you do not set it up right you will become sore and frustrated and not want to go on: i found that if you stand next to your anvil your clenched fist should just touch the anvil face with your elbow slightly bent: if you have your arm stretched out you can get a tennis elbow: the other thing that is very important is how you swing your hammer: the power comes from the height of your hammer and how you direct the blows: hammer control is everything: skip
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Default Re: Anvil Stand Highth?

I agree it depends how tall you are.
What I would like to know is why dont anvils have a good way to fasten them down, like a flanged bottom with mounting holes?
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Steve: some do: but most would be fastened by large staples or cross bolts to the piece of wood that they would occupy for many years: nails or lags would come loose with the steady pounding all day: hope this helps: skip
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Lightbulb Re: Anvil Stand Height?

To a point knuckle height is best but I have read that for lighter work you can go higher & if you are do heavy work on big iron with a striker or 2 having the anvil sitting lower works best.

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I think the top of the knuckles height assumes that you've got access to a burly 16 year old apprentice who'll be your striker. Since those are in short supply these days and we're mostly older, its better to mount it higher so that hammering is more comfortable.
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It all boils down to wht is comfortavle for you.
Another thing is which way do you face the anvil. Most right handed people have the horn to their left bu I know a couple of big time smiths that have it to their right.
It's really up to you

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Default Re: Anvil Stand Height?

I suspect that the knuckle height rule came from a time when smiths did fairly heavy work most of the time and used strikers regularly. Most hobby smiths today use much lighter stock and don't have strikers. If my anvil is knuckle height I find myself usually bent at the waist and I tire quickly. Find a height that allows you to stand straight while hammering. I built a box on top of the stump so that the anvil will just fit inside the walls of the box. I then put sand in the box to set the anvil on. You can now adjust the anvil height by adding or removing sand from the box - make it deep enough - and it is a convenient place to place small tools such as punches and chisels temporarily. The sand also dampens the ring of the anvil considerably.

It is also important that you can stand close to the anvil on any side or end that you choose to work from. Leave enough room for your toes at the base of the support and enough space to move around the anvil.

Good luck and enjoy.
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Default Re: Anvil Stand Highth?

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Ok, I guess that is what i will do, next step is, i need to find a resonably prices 150+ pound anvil


There is no such thing as a reasonable priced anvil. $4.00 to $6.00 per pound is the average. Sometimes you may be lucky enough at an auction to see one sell lower. I've seen higher.
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Default Re: Anvil Stand Height?

in the end it's up to you,
my work anvil is waist high, the lighter work anvil is around 2 to3 inches higher, too high and you will be using the edge of the hammer, too low and you are bent over, experiment with some scrap stumps first, start with the knuckle rule and go from there, i hope this helps,
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