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  • #16
    Use an annular cutter and a drill press. Scrap the punch and die idea the annular cutter is safer and easier. The cutter will be about $125 and you can resharpen.

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    • #17
      Doesn't the Whitney (or Whitney-Roper) bench punch come close to the capability of this.

      I once made a 3/4 inch punch out of leftovers and used it a a coinage punch with my arbour press. It was surprising how little force was needed with a well designed punch. While I was working in copper and brass, I think that a 1" punch for 1/8" steel would not be a real difficulty.

      But why bother. I've seen punches that do exactly that in sales fliers from MSC or J&L or Enco or Harbour Freight that looked like they would do the job for less money than the hassle.

      So I would think that the first thing to do is to see how little a small comemrcial punch would cost, before doing the machining.

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