A six-inch (15 cm) diameter plastic planter pot filled six inches (15 cm) deep with concrete will make a pounder that weighs about 13 pounds (6 kg). This makes a pretty comfortable weight tamper. Cut the bottom out of the pot and turn it upside down.
A hardwood dowel or wild harvested hardwood about 1.25 inches (3.125 cm) thick and 4 feet (2.4 m) long makes a strong comfortable handle (Fig. A.15).
Starting half an inch (1.25 cm) from the bottom of the handle, pre-drill three i4-inch (0.625 cm) holes at alternate angles about 1.5 inches (3.75 cm) apart. Tap in three sections of i4-inch (0.625 cm) thick steel rod (all thread works fine). Be sure to cut the steel rods short enough to fit inside the tapered shape of the planter pot form without touching the sides of it. Twist a mess of barbed wire around the rods to give tensile strength to the concrete. Slip the pot over the top of this prepared handle (Fig. A.16).
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