That’s how I’m feeling right now. That’s the title of a great childrens book and it’s about a boy who gives a mouse a cookie who then wants a glass of milk, then a straw for the milk etc etc. It’s a story we read to our boys over and over as they were growing up and Heather and I always enjoyed it as much as they did.
It seems to be a good point of reference for the things I’ve been doing lately.
Matt originally wanted us to make a charcoal fired foundry – done. But before that was even finished he found plans on the intertubes for a propane fired nozzle to run the foundry and we built that. Then it was, wouldn’t a forge be cool – now done. But now if you have a forge you need an anvil and since anvils are pretty expensive and hard to find around here it looked like making one out of railroad track was the best option for our hobby use. Enter Norm who just happened to have a chunk of track lying out at their place at Sproat Lake (of course) which brings us to today and farther along on our Give a Mouse a Cookie saga. Next on the saga will of course be forging some blacksmithing tools because I’m pretty sure the story is not over yet.
So today’s installment in the Give a Mouse a Cookie project was to cut off a chunk of the track for an anvil. I’m actually going to cut 2 pieces off the track and give one to my neighbor Dave across the street. He’s wanting to do some forging as well. The piece of track I got was about 6 feet long and I figured on making the anvils each about 18 inches long, so there’s plenty.
I marked off 18 inches and got to work. I started with my 4 1/2 inch angle grinder and worked through the track. When I was almost through both sides I grabbed my plasma cutter and did some finish cuts then gave it a good whack with my sledge and job done!
Once #1 was done I started on #2 which went a little faster. Next will be to grind it flat and look at maybe putting a horn on it. We’ll see.
I’ve done enough sweating for now though. Time to sit in the sun out on the patio with a nice cold G&T.