Back on 2/2/12 I wrote about how I designed a modified anvil for my treadle hammer to facilitate drifting and punching an other such work.
Yesterday I was using it to sink some rather deep being in 7 gauge sheet pieces which had some volume. They were destined to become bowls. It quickly be came apparent that the handle on the hammer was getting in my way and I wished I had the foresight to make the handle removable.
Most of the time it comes in handy and this is the first time I can recall that was a real problem and a potential safety hazard. I reviewed the original plans and it looks like I placed my handle somewhat more forward than the plans show. It seems more comfortable to me but the position may introduce this potential obstruction difficulty. It looks like something for a new builded to study closely.
I looked for images and it seemed that most of the hammers had left off the handle. I found these two images which I think show the position in the original plans. The images are at this address: