Hi Without a staking tool or punches it would be a ticklish job, But having neither of the required tools a steel block and a small punch you may be able to spread enough metal to effect the tightness. But take it in minute stages checking after each adjustment as over doing it will mean having to broach (ream) the hand hole. Take care
Can I check how do you close the collet of the watch hands without a staking tool? I have a upcoming watch that is on the way to me with loose hands. I don't know how to close the watch hands in order to make it tight and not loose. I heard something about the staking tool but it's very expensive. Even if I could afford it, I would not know how to use the staking tool. I want to know how do you guys do it and how and are there any pics? Thank you!!
Now that you mention it, yes, Tmuir. I wouldn't have if not for your suggestion. I have router a bit that does a semicircle, I'll set it to barely penetrate the top wood. Enough to do the job. I'm also wondering how I'm going to slope the fronts of the prison walls downwards. Maybe a french curve? Template? Not sure yet.
I would love any other suggestions. I'm just starting out, and not familiar with the features of a high quality bench.