to finish a stake file, grind, and/or sand it to the shape and
polish that you need.
The mounting choices for stake use is endless. Some stakes were made
to beheld in an anvil, you set them in the hardy hole, if the hole
is the wrong size you need a stake plate, which is mounted (bolted
or nailed) on a stump. I have also seen mounting holes in swedge
blocks. Swedge blocks are traditionally placed in a sand box.
(swedge blocks can weigh 10-400lbs) They also make mounting brackets
that can be clamped or bolted to your bench.
To make a stake plate, Take a piece of heavy steel half inch thick
or better, drill a round hole just smaller than the tip of your
stake’s tapered end. heat the plate to about 1900 Far. (bright
cherry in broad daylight) have your helper hold the plate steady
while you drive the stem of your stake through the plate about half
way. tap your stake free and let the iron plate cool. (your stake
will probably be a little hot also) drill some bolt holes in it and
you are done.