Repairng an old Hay Budden anvil

A 122 lb Hay Budden in need of repair

Start by grinding into the rusty broken edges

As hard as it is to do, keep grinding until where ever you weld is shiny

This section near the table had a very deep place

Deep place now shiny

Switch to a sanding pad and get rid of the rust along the edges of where you will weld, this helps the puddle "bleed" over

First and second tig welded passes made with a S7 rod. All the welding done will be with the tig and with S7

Third pass on top

Fourth pass on side

Good view of built up edge

Switch to a grinding wheel and start grinding. Avoid tipping the wheel up on edge, this may leave deep marks that are hard to remove and still remain flat. Switch to new wheels frequently, this helps the job go faster

Radius the front half to your liking as you grind

The back half is where I like to cut off stock with a hot cut so this edge needs more building up to be sharp

Welded edge

Ground to almost flush

Getting close...


finally flush!!!

Switch back to sanding pad and remove the grinding marks

To show how hard the edge is, I will tap on the corner with a piece of square cold rolled bar

See the dents in the bar but none on the anvil. S7 does a really good job

Although the anvil will work well now, I'm not satified with the side, it still needs more S7

More S7 added

After ginding and sanding the added weld, switch to a scoth brite wheel to give the anvil a general all over cleaning

The other side would have worked fine but I decided to add S7 to the area where I use the hot cut

Done welding and all sanded and ready to paint

I found a nice block to set it on

Old anvil - $150.00, S7 rods $48.00, doing it yourself - Priceless

Neat update on this anvil story. I had never seen one with two pritchel holes and thought somebody had added it. Nor had I seen a half of a table and thought that same somebody had ground half of it away. But thanks to Doug Brown (a fellow that happened apon the website) he sent me a picture of an almost identical anvil owned by his Grandfather. His pictures shows that the two pritchel holes were meant to be there and the “half table” that I thought had been ground off was actually never there to begin with…instead the side that had the table had once stuck out further and had been ground off. Learn something everyday.







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