Blacksmithing from a woodworkers perspective #5: Anvil stand from a solid block of wood.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-07-2017 03:35 PM 11288 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Anvil stand from a solid block of wood.
and a gift from a LJ friend.

A new anvil stand from solid wood, friendship, a router sled and fine moments with smell of wood.

So here I am back in the shop, with some wonderful wood.
Lately things goes slow there, life keeps going different paths and I follow with a silent smile.
My friend Thomas was kind to offer me a beautiful hunk of wood and I had the chance to visit him in his shop.

When Thomas visited my shop, I had the old anvil stand and he thought like me it was a wee small for the new anvil.

So he cut me a block, from one of the tree logs, he had in front of his workshop.
He was even so kind, to offer me a free choice and I choose this one, since I could see rot had started and so I hoped it would be full of play and life inside.

Here it is back in my shop, as you can see, it was quite wet, so it has cracked up and that gave it even more life.
Also the rot have given it plenty of life, so I have to say I was happy with my choice.
First step was to put the hunk upside down and then level it out fairly even, so the sloping sides would be equal.
I did that with some small wedges under and a big square on the floor, since the floor is perfect level.

Next step was to construct a router sled.
Some old bed boards got a second life.
First a run through the jointer.

another one split in half.

Screw them together, like this we have runners for the sled.

Plywood and two more half boards.

Glue and screws.

A sled is born.
I adjusted the size to the router.

Now I could screw the runners on to the stand, simply by measuring from the floor and up.

Sled on top.
Hope you get the picture now…

I added a runner under the sled, just to keep it in place and also a few screws as stops for the router and sled.

First run was to make a rabbet in the sled.

Like so!

Then it was all about running the sled a step and then the router.
Quite fast and easy, I was really surprised.

Here you see why I made the half board on the side of the runners, this makes it possible, to get all the way out to the side of the block, without cutting into the runner.

Once I was done, I turned the block upside down and then repeated.
Here I had top take into account what working height I wanted so I had to take it down a little more than an inch.
Then I could place the anvil on top and draw the outline of it, since I wanted it to rest in the stand, not on it.

A small detour!
A measure are set all the way around the top and bottom.

So I could add a iron band around it.
This will keep it from cracking too much and then I think it look quite sexy. ;-)

Tightened and then the band folded around the screws.

So back to the top.
The hole for the anvil are routed out step by step.

Almost done.

Last cleaning up are done with hand tools.
Japanese, just for the joy of it.

Swupppp it fits right in.

We could stop here, the stand are fully functional now.

And I do find this detail sweet.

Since it is now heavy as hell and I am no longer a teenager, I gave it a pair of wheels.
Like this I can roll around it when needed.

Also a layer of foam and finally felt, to sound dampen it a little, for the sake of the neighbors.

I used contact adhesive and then a stampler.

Adhesive on both sides.

And the felt.

Finally I added my leather tool holders.

Hammers, hammers, hammers.

On the back also two eye bolts, then I can put sticks in it and roll it of like a wheelbarrow.

That’s it, my new anvil stand, I think it blends into the shop and adds life and quality.
That it also holds a story of friendship, will make the use of it, even more joyful.
Thank you Thomas!

Hope it could inspire.

Best thoughts,


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

13 comments so far

View lew's profile


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#1 posted 05-07-2017 04:09 PM

WOW! That is quite the anvil stand, Mads! Everything you need in one place and “portable”, too! Thomas will be proud of what you did with his gift.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-07-2017 04:32 PM

Congrats on the new anvil. It looks like a beauty, what size/weight is it?

There is a tool on the back of the block (wheel side) I don’t recognize.
Right hand side of the block when facing the wheels, looks like iron,
shaped like a crab claw on one end ball on the other.
What is that tool, what’s it used for?

I copied your belt tool holders on my anvil block and though I can move it without much trouble
I see wheels and handle eyes in it’s future too.
Thanks for the ideas.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 05-07-2017 05:08 PM

I just like it Mads. Great job Thomas and Mads.


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

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#4 posted 05-07-2017 06:14 PM

Cool Anvil stand.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 05-07-2017 07:30 PM

Very good Mafe / Mads…

Several years ago, I came by some 9” x 9” x ~30”... One day I got the idea & took a Vice that needed a home & was getting kicked around the shop, always in the way… and just simply lag bolted it into the end of a piece… Works great… Nowhere near as big & heavy as yours… I just drag it around when I need it, which is NOT very often… Much easier to keep out of the way and USE IT when I need it… Nothing fancy like yours… no hangers, etc. It’s just a Metal workers vice that rotates, etc. Kinda heavy but not as much as yours! Sure beats taking up Bench Space 100% of the time.

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

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#6 posted 05-07-2017 11:51 PM

Great story Mads. ... and yes it is one sexy little anvil base!
It looks very “mafe”. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 05-08-2017 12:19 AM

Outstanding tutorial on the process. I am in need of a flattener jig for a piece of mesquite and may just make one of those up like you did. Thanks for the idea, my friend!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 05-08-2017 05:42 AM

Excellent story.
Excellent photography.
Excellent construction detail and design.
Excellent story of friendship.

This is also an excellent reason why I always open your posts up right away Mads.
You are a unique story teller beside being a top-notch craftsman.

I am very happy and grateful for the day I added you to my buddy list.

Thank you brother.

View Brit's profile


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#9 posted 05-08-2017 08:06 AM

Outstanding sir! It looks fantastic. I love the addition of the wheels and the eyebolts idea. There’s nothing like a long lever to move something heavy, unless you have a forklift hiding in your workshop somewhere. LOL.

BTW, I am definitely adding Swupppp to my vocabulary.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#10 posted 05-08-2017 06:05 PM

Smashing job, Mads, so happy you got a great result out of your efforts; I thinks it looks the business…and I’m quite envious of not only the awesome swedish anvil but also that insanely cool gasfurnace you have…gotta get me one of those!!!

Cheers and all the best!!!
Thomas / iamtomkelvin

View mafe's profile


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#11 posted 05-09-2017 09:00 PM

Hi there,
Thomas, thanks, I am really happy, spend the whole day inmy shop today and smiled at it several times.
Here my gasfurnance: quite fair prices.
Now I have to finish my guksi / kuksa, I got it roughly shaped and hollowed out, this was good since the second piece are cracked in all directions, from the drying in the shop. In fact most of the wood could not handle my shops dry climate, so it will give me heat instead. ;-)
Brit, laugh, fine word; Swupppp, I found it could explain what I was feeling happened. I already moved it around today and it works really fine, so I am happy I made it moveable.
Woodwrecker, excellent comment!!! Smiles thank you, I am touched by your kind words, many people who know me, will say I talk too much I think, laugh, so good I can tell some stories and bring smiles. Life is sweet!
Jim, I have seen the system many places and in many forms, this was the most simple version I could think up. Fast easy and I was really surprised how fast and easy it went.
shipwright, yes sexy as only a big beautiful piece of wood can be! Happy thanks.
Joe Lyddon, it is always a pleasure when we can use the space in a clever way. Mine stands in the shop every day but now it can be moved around more easy. I don’t use it every day but now I enjoy it every day. ;-)
tyvekboy, thank you.
madts, thanks from both of us. ;-)
NotaJock, it’s a 51 kilo anvil, so medium size, good size for most work and possible to move around.
Is it this tool: you are asking about?
Happy you can use the ideas, that’s what this is all about.
lew, thank you, I am a happy wood monkey banging of hot metal once in a while.
Thank you all for your kind comments.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 05-11-2017 11:45 AM

A nice hunk-a-hunk-a wood for a really nice hunk-a-hunk-a iron.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View mafe's profile


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#13 posted 05-12-2017 12:28 AM

;-) hugs to you Roger:

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

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