Over the past month of or I have taken an interest in blacksmithing. One of my buddies has been talking about making knives and such. this got me to thinking about learning the basics of blacksmithing.
Rather than spend a lot of money on an anvil I have been looking at various anvils made from railroad tracks, also known as the poor man anvil.
While looking through youtube I came across this video about homemade railroad track anvils, which have had steel welded to the top and bottom. The larger anvil has a magnet on the side. One of the comments on youtube asked what kind of steel to use. The reply was AR500.
One of the things I have been thinking about is how do you mount a railroad anvil to a solid base? The video answers that question for me. A thick piece of steel is welded to the bottom of the anvil and then clips welded to the steel plate.