Inside a Tinkerer’s Toolbox

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Making an mini anvil with standard hardware supplies

By Helen I. Driggs

My dad was a machinist, so I’ve had an inordinate fondness for hardware stores since my childhood. I spent many happy hours in his shop tinkering with nuts, bolts, switches, and wires, and these days, I find myself passing many hours in my shop doing the same. It even led me to come up with this neat little riveting anvil during a recent tinkering session.

To create your own mini anvil, you’ll need a 3/8 inch coarse thread tee nut, 3/8 inch coarse thread bolt, 3/8 inch drill bit and household drill, a block of hardwood, utility hammer, a coarse file for steel, sanding attachments for the flex-shaft, and Fabulustre compound and a hard felt bob.