Okay, due to lack of demand, I withdraw my offer.
If you want an anvil, buy a real anvil. If all you need is a chunk
of metal then the rail might work though it can never perform like
an anvil since it can never be made to have the attributes of one.
When I was first playing with the silver in Sanders, I had nothing at
all except for a small piece of tool steel I had pressed into service
as a bench block, placed on top of a stack of firebricks.
I had acquired the rail pieces as gifts just before my family moved.
A few months afterward, I took all the rust off the one with the
best shape using rotary abrasive stones, then used 60 and 200 grit
rotary sanding drums, then used 400, 800, and 1000 grit automotive
papers plus a lot of elbow grease.
I maybe used up $20 in rotary abrasives, and a negligable amount of
others, and devoted about 6 hours doing it.
Once my custom shed had been constructed, I mounted a three foot
railroad tie endwise to the intersection of the wall and the floor
leftward of my desk, using angle brackets.
I then anchored my polished anvil to the top of my railroad tie,
using small angle brackets.
Then, I tried it out.
Compared to a bench block, my anvil performs like a champ!
Lots more surface area, lots more angles of attack, and a curved
surface if I want it. Very springy, too, only have to drop the hammer
on the anvil and it rebounds.
So, Mr. Collier, just what exactly am I missing? And just how much
more would I have to pay to get it?
Andrew Jonathan FIne