Can anyone comment and recommend a better approach to make a
I have done blacksmithing industrially and made my own tools .
Journeyman Millwright - 28 years.
First get a section of rail road track . 60 to 90 pound track is
great. Lighter track is not as common.That is figured in lbs. per
yard. A finished T - stake should weigh 10 to 15 lbs. A finished anvil
should weigh 20 to 25 lbs.
Another good source stakes and mandrels are surplus auto finishing
tools. Library's have books on auto body work and the accompanying
I would recommend getting a section of rail road track and a cutting
torch. Cut away what does not look like a T - stake , get a side
grinder and grind away the rest.
Grind, file, and sand to a 320 grit finish. Do not harden it. It is
tough and wear resistant enough. Then leave a base about 4 X 6 in to
lag bolt to your stump.
While You are at it, cut another one to look like a small blacksmith
anvil . The last one I made, I cut out of 2 1/2 X 8 tool steel.
A great source of tough tool steel blanks are broken fork lift
prongs. By law they can not be re welded.
I most highly recommend a book offered by Charles Lewton Brain .
" The Making of Tools " by Alexander G. Weygers Now a 3 volume set.
- Outstanding book, Outstanding dealer .
I have no Axe to grind or agenda to push here .