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squigly1965 04-11-2021 08:32 AM

Anvil stump
 
Ok so I finally bought myself an anvil. Went with the Atlas Tools Graham. My previous was what I believe a 40lbs stake anvil with the stake cut off.
Anyway so I bought a few treated 4x6’s. Planing on making a stump out of them. Had them cut in half to fit in my car.
Figuring I need 35” to top of anvil. I need 26” stump.
So should I pour a footing for the stump to sit on or bury the other 22” in the ground and pour around it.
Thanks in advance
Chris

jimmontg 04-11-2021 02:59 PM

Both.
 
Dig a hole and fill about 3" with cement and while it is still wet place the stump onto the cement fill around the sides and wait for it to dry. Make certain it is even by filling the hole with 1/2 to 1 inch round river rock in a 2/4 inch thick layer pounded evenly into the ground. I have used a 4x4 to pound rock/sand into the ground before. Also used a 10 lb. sledgehammer just like the 4x4, hold the handle and drop the head down onto the rock, but I covered the hammer head with a piece of scrap leather. Even used a 15 lb. dumbbell weight once. Those dumbbells are great for pounding fence posts into the ground if you don't have a post driver.

Also how do you plan to put the stump together? If nailing it also use Liquid Nails generously. You want the stump to effectively act like a solid piece of wood. Put a base on it to assure the bottom is even and nail some boards evenly around the top, not on top, they might split.

squigly1965 04-11-2021 06:32 PM

I’m using 1/2” allthread.
It will be a 3x2 pattern. Each way equaling roughly 11”. I’ll make 2 stacks of them on the 4” side squeeze together each stack with 2 pieces of allthread. Then squeeze the 2 stacks through each of the 6” widths using 6 more pieces of allthread.
Was wondering about doweling and gluing. Or will the allthread apply enough pressure for it to act as a single piece

jimmontg 04-16-2021 12:25 PM

The threaded rod will be enough if you use the liquid nails. That will make it a solid piece.


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