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- - By pceditorpro Date 03-14-2019 02:16
Has anyone ever tried to put a hard face on a cast iron anvil that has not hard face. My first guess was put a layer of nickel to because cast iron is pickey about what it bonds to. Grind it flat then  go back over it a hard facing rod. This seems really expensive so then I thought what if I did a layer of 6010 followed by 7018. Would this work too? I'm just trying to do some really simple blacksmith projects. The anvil is cheap and I'm just trying to improve it without spending more then what it costs to buy a better one.
Parent - - By TimGary (****) Date 03-14-2019 11:49
While your suggested options may work, they also have a high probability of introducing cracking that can ruin the anvil.
If you want to go cheap and not overly damage the anvil, why not just attach a hard steel cover plate?

Just thinking...
Parent - - By jwright650 (*****) Date 03-14-2019 14:40
I googled this when I read the OP's question and saw that option of adding a steel plate.
Parent - By Lawrence (*****) Date 03-14-2019 16:28
Agree wit Tim and John

Hardface will likely leave a surface that is prone to li'l chips fly'n off in your face when you least want that to happen.

For most anvil work a nice ground smooth surface will do just fine.  I would prolly rather grind/sand my anvil down once a month to keep in in prime condition... It would likely take 20 years to deform it to any unusable extent.

For fine anvil work like knife making, usually only a smaller surface is needed...  Why not look for a piece of used Rail track and build one... They can be super simple to very fine indeed... A million mesmerizing YouTube videos about these anvils...  Don't look unless you are committed to spending some time and falling in love.    Anyhow... That track material, especially the old used stuff, is nice and deeply work hardened...   Nothing but good reports from long time users.
Parent - By Jarhead1 (**) Date 03-14-2019 18:39
If I'm not sure what the material is I check the hardness and depending on that I TIG using either a misslerod.
On cast iron Weld Mold 700 is a good choice as well.

With some preheat. Then I feel pretty safe.

Parent - - By lo-hi (**) Date 03-17-2019 14:12
not really sure if anvils are cast iron, most are forged or cast steel. Could be wrong but a cast iron horn might not take a lot of solid hits.
Parent - By pceditorpro Date 03-18-2019 04:36
Long story short I work at an iron foundry and because we can do side projects in our free time I wanted to cast my own anvil. I got an old cast iron anvil from a freind who was moving and after using it noticed the work surface just does not act the same as steel ones. So I was trying to think of a way to make a better work surface. I know some early cast iron anvils had steel plates welded to the top but they would heat the top of the anvil in a forge or something for a while then basically power hammer it on to create a forge weld. I can't really do that. Welding just a plate on my concern was how little fusion was happening between the two metals.
Parent - By mariagarcia (*) Date 04-25-2019 11:05
Making an anvil is actually rather simple in concept, but difficult in practice.
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