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Socket mandrel

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A mechanics type roller head pry bar makes a good mandrel. They come in many sizes, are already tapered a little, and the steel is tough. You can find old ones in pawn shops and flea market type places for a couple of dollars. You can forge a better taper or just grind it down to your needs. I have seen these from one inch diameter down to 3/8 or a little smaller. Forge them to fit the hardy hole or cut them off and hold them in your vise.
Hope this helps some.

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