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Old 01-11-2018, 09:49 PM
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Default Rivet Tools-help with rivets

Can someone tell me if these tools are for hot rivets, and how do I use them? I have a couple of forges and I have wanted to learn how to do rivets for a long time. I picked up these rivet tools on ebay but not sure if they are for hot steel rivets or not, and not sure exactly how to use them with the various holes and cups. I got some small steel rivets too.
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:51 PM
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:42 PM
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BigB, Yes, those are rivet setters. I always used them on copper rivets in leather, but I think they would work for steel rivets too.
In leather, you have the rivet, and a washer (not sure what the proper name is). You punch a hole in the leather, put the solid rivet up through both pieces that are being bound, then put the washer over the end of the rivet. The rivet is tapered on the end so the washer will go over, but usually not slide down to touch your leather. The deep socket on your rivet set is placed over the end of the rivet and the washer driven down tight against the leather. Then the cup part of the set is used to make a nice round bead, swelled to prevent the washer from coming off. I used them to repair driving harness and bridle headstalls back when I fed cows with a team of mules.

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Old 01-12-2018, 09:22 PM
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Thanks for the info oledog, I watched some you tubes and will try may hand at making some rivets and tools as well. Seems once you get that rivet hot you only get one shot at smashing it properly before it cools.
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