how to do proper old school rivets
Good afternoon all...So I am looking to do some small interior pieces using copper and riveting it together and looking for tip on how to do it. If you have any thoughts or suggestions I would love the pointers. Thanx in advance.
There are a lot of different styles of rivets and different ways of attaching them. All you need is the copper rivets of your choice and a setting tool or something to peen over the shaft of the rivets.
in for info! thanks for posting.
If you are going to use Steel Rivets, then you have a few choices to choose from-
1. Use a Squeeze-
2. Get a Bench Top model-
and, don't forget to buy a Die Set for either-
3. Buy a Rivet gun (generally, 3X is best for most things)-
and, the Rivet Sets-
and, Bucking Bars-
It really depends on what you are doing, what kind and how far they are from the edge of the part, or where in the Car they are located.
If it's a part that you can Rivet before the install, a Hammer and Vise can do many Rivets, or a Hand Squeeze can do them faster and better, but they have limited reach.
A Rivet Gun will set about any of them, but it takes practice to understand how hard to hit them, and you don't want to be banging them in-just 3-5 hits and they should be good-it's like Welding, you mess up and learn. If you are Riveting on a car, you will probably need a helper to hold the Bucking Bar-I will generally make a few pieces, clamp them in a Vice, then have my helper watch what happens when I hit them so they can understand what to do-
I will use a Roper Whitney punch (if I can) to make the holes (better), or a drill (not as good), Cleco it together, and Squeeze or Rivet-
Sorry for the delay ,You know how life is, Thanx for the input and I guess
you confirmed that I need to make a freind who wants to work and not just drink beer with me. lol Thanx again
I have a nice old rivet press I inherited from my dad. Must be 100 yrs. old, and works really great. Only drawback is the depth of the press, which stops me from installing rivets farther in than about 5"-6" from an edge. They're still available, and do a super job if you don't need to go to far from the edge of a panel.
You can also buy a rivet punch set to do individual rivets, and although a bit slower, they do a great job. Should get a hole punch to punch the material also, as trying to drive rivets through the material and expand them will be a hassle. Don't forget to buy back washers to go with the rivets!
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