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sure...if the tree is still live you may need to compensate for growth, or if your talking about lumber then keep in mind that over time the pounding will loosen things and egg out holes and such so when your drawing it up make it so you can keep things tight, maybe clap to the wood instead of drilling through it.
Also, choose a hard wood.
Be sure to take pics of the build if you do it.


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You can use a timber back post but the front post is actually the anvil and should be as much steel as you can manage! "Suggested" ram to anvil ratio is around 1:15 so a 20 pound ram---(a small one), would "like" to have a 300 pound anvil to get the most work out of your smack. Few people get the ratio's worth for the anvil but it's a more is better situation.

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