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Hey guys!

My dad picked up a peice of one inch plate that’s 24” by 24” for free off a job site he was working on. The plan is for a striking anvil! I was thinking since we have the plate to make it 6 inches wide by 24 inches long with a one inch hardie hole. But I was wondering since I have the length if I should put a different shaped hole on the other end like a swage block Kinda? Like a rectangular hole for drifting axes and such?

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Rylan

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Build it like you think you will need it. If you make a lot of axes The drift hole would be smart. If you make nothing but Jewelry, maybe not so much....

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A larger hole can certainly come in handy for drifting anything over 1" -- bottle openers, hammer heads, whatever. Go for it -- it could end up being a lot easier to build it in than it would be to add it later.

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Thanks for the replies!

that was my thinking too JHCC is that it would be easier to add it now then after it was welded together. I think maybe  larger hole for drifts and a slot to go along with the 1” hardie hole, my main anvil has a one inch hole so I would like them to match to share tools! Do you have any recommendations on the size of the large hole and the slot?

thanks

Rylan

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My portable hole is 2” square, and I have an adapter to bring that down to 7/8” to match the hardy hole in my anvil. 

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Thanks for the advice! I’m definitely gonna do that! I have searched around this website as well as the web and haven’t been able to find measurements on preferred size of slot for drifting axes and such. I know it will depend on the size of axe and tools to be drifted but do you have an idea of a good starting point?

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Rylan

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Don’t tool up for the largest project you might ever make. You want to start small anyway. A 2” hole should cover your needs for the foreseeable future; if you ever need something bigger, you can improvise. If you end up making oversized pieces on a regular basis, retool. 

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I made my 185 lb striking anvil with a 1 1/4 inch hardy hole to match that on my anvil. That is enough to drift most hammer heads and tomahawks/hatchets. If I ever need anything larger I can weld another (larger)  hardy hole to the anvil block just like I did the first one.  Like John said, start basic and expand as needed.

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