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Soft caps for power hammer dies?

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So I have to flatten some hammer textured Stainless steel plate that is polished.  I want to preserve the finish it is only 1/8" thick.  My plan is to make some sort of soft caps for my power hammer dies to help to flatten the plate.  I was thinking of different materials I could use leather wood rubber or plastic.  It needs to be a tough material and something I can attach to a steel plate to bolt to my dies.  Any and all ideas re welcome.

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I think that you are on the right track with a piece of hardwood covered with thick leather. I made wooden dyes to texture copper in the air hammer. Usually I would use a steel top dye with a wood bottom dye. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out.

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