Blacksmithing For Beginners - Welding and Resurfacing an Anvil

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  • Published on:  Friday, November 11, 2016
  • Blacksmithing For Beginners - Welding and Resurfacing an Anvil. This is a revised version of the original video. More detailed explanations have been added.
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  • ViKing


     28 days ago

    Nice video. You dont need to weld 90° though, just practice "stacking" beads and itll be more than good enough

  • Aaron Dalton

    Aaron Dalton

     1 months ago

    You ruined that anvils temper

  • Mike Jeffers

    Mike Jeffers

     6 months ago

    My anvil has a few small spots, but still in useable but interested in cleaning it up. Thanks for the video, don't worry I am not wielder

  • Giggitee O'Yeah

    Giggitee O'Yeah

     6 months ago

    The extra info was very useful.

  • Old Time Forge

    Old Time Forge

     7 months ago

    Hi Denis, I've got a anvil and would like your opinion on it. So it had a chip on the right hand side that was flaking off, I grind it to a heavy radius but the crack is still there and it's still flaking.(I can send you pictures is you want) There is a steel plate on it it's definitely not hardend but it doesn't get marked easily if miss blow. There mite also be evidents of it been welded at some point (there is a clear line all around the top of the anvil about a 1" off the top but it's all uneven). So my question to you is what would you do?
    Any advice would be much appreciated many thanks Paddy.

  • African Electron

    African Electron

     8 months ago +1

    The pedantic in me wants to throw it on a surface grinder. ....granted a Grider that size is not easy to find.

  • Codeman785


     10 months ago

    I have a question. I have an old anvil that I'm trying to repair because it is pretty beat up on the edges. I planned on welding a plate of metal to the top. What if I weld the plate on, then after it's been grinded to a finish. Heat up the anvil to very hot, then instantly pour a 5 gallon bucket of cold water all over it or even a heat treating oil. Wouldn't that make it hard again? Just like hardening a knife?

  • Γεωργιος Παναγιωτου

    Γεωργιος Παναγιωτου

     10 months ago


  • Bandit Dad

    Bandit Dad

     a years ago

    Would using a black paint as a dusting coat not help find low spots rather than having to check so much with square and straight edge? Works good when final sanding car bodies before painting! Thanks

  • BrandXsps


     a years ago

    What temperature are you looking to get to to start welding?

  • Tanman813


     a years ago

    Hey man I like your video. I have a question. I acquired an anvil today that was free but it has some pretty bad chunks broken from both sides of the face. I plan to build up weld the way you did , my question is how has the anvil held up ? I have welded cast iron before with success and I think I can fix this one. Thanks

  • SquirrelsForAll


     a years ago

    Great video, thank you, Sir!

  •  a years ago

    Why doesn't anyone make a jig for their grinder to make sure their grinds are perfect? Small increments, patience, and a good jig will always guarantee you'll mill that surface flat as a tack.

  • ieat caribou

    ieat caribou

     a years ago +1

    You did fine, it’s not gonna kill anyone if it’s not perfectly flat except for anvil snobs.

  • courtney hall

    courtney hall

     a years ago

    very informative,thanks so much for your time.most people don't understand how much time and effort it takes to do what you just did,so a big thumbs up,and again,thanks.

  • George Griffiths

    George Griffiths

     a years ago

    Laying a bead pad is welding 101 Dennis so you did fine each layer 90 degrees to the last if you have to do that again when pre heating try wrapping it with K wool or another such thermal blanket saves heat loss and reduces the cooling rate when your done as with us all less stress longer life

  • Zoes Dada

    Zoes Dada

     a years ago

    You took the temper out of the work face and didn't re treat it.

  • Deplorable American

    Deplorable American

     2 years ago +1

    I appreciate the gift of your lessons.

  • Ken Klein

    Ken Klein

     2 years ago

    Amazing. I appreciate the full explanations and underlie theory

  • zombieresponder


     2 years ago +3

    I'm a machinist by trade, not a welder....but you're doing it wrong. The only time you'll push a stick weld is when welding uphill/vertical. Any other time, you drag it. Doing otherwise gives a good chance of inclusions in the weld, poor penetration, etc. I've also never heard of welding layers at 90 degrees to one another, but I suspect that would have more to do with equalizing stresses than anything else.

    If you needed to add a lot of metal, then 7024 rods would have been the fastest way to do it..if your machine has the juice to run them. Build it up to just below where you needed it, then cap it with a hardfacing rod for wear resistance.

    All of that being said, any machine shop could have resurfaced the entire top of that anvil and made the surface perfectly flat.