February 21, 2017
Hi folks, I just signed up, as I’m a total newby, and I recently lucked out, as aquired a hors shoeing propane forge, anvil and swage block from a friend who recently retired.
Anyhow, I found a mid 1800’s post anvil in reasonable shape at a sale the other day.
I do have the mounting plate, but not the spring or the clamp, or the wedges to hold the clamp and plate.
I have a trailer spring to cut down and bend and make into the spring and think I can probably do that, and the clamp I think I can do that, though making the rectangle holes for the wedges will be difficult. Not sure how to do that exactly.
I am most worried about the wedges however. No idea what they should look like, or how to make them.
Can anybody give me any advice please?
Thanks a ton!
Ricklesss outside of Eugene
August 19, 2015
Slot punch and drift for the rectangular holes. Then file to clean them up as necessary.
Wedges come in a pair: a keyed wedge and a locking wedge as shown in the image here:
Scroll down a bit to see the exploded image.
The keyed wedge slides into place first, as the locking wedge is driven into place the keying keeps the first in place as the wedging tightens everything up.
An easier option is to use a U-bolt and large angle bracket.
February 21, 2017
Julien, thanks for that link. If that guy was able to fix up his, with the limited tools he had, I should be able to do the same.
It confirmed my original idea of using a large heavy round plate with a steel post welded to it.
I like the idea of standing on it, and being able to roll it.
It seems like the one un-keyed steel wedge would vibrate loose from hammering on the vise, but as the design is an old one, I guess I shouldn’t worry..
Ricklesss in Oregon
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