Monday, July 28, 2014

Actual rivets

Pretty rivets were a fail. After a few tests, they just didn't hold up to abuse. I decided to quit looking for something prettier and go with the tried and true combination of roofing nails and washers in order to get the job done. Sir Maelgwyn taught me this approach when we were working on my coat of plates and now I share it with you, my dear readers, in the picture below. Riveting the splints in: right to left 1. Plain roofing nail 2. Clip nail short 3. Add washer 4. Nail hammered and shaped

The sequence is from right to left for no reason other than that is the angle that I took the picture.

  1. First make a hole an pop the nail through.
  2. Slide the washer over the nail. The tighter the fit on the washer, the less rattling around and jumping you get. This washer is probably too loose, but it's what I had on hand.
  3. Clip the nail fairly close to the washer. You don't want it flush, since you need some metal to spread out for the rivet. I've got some handy metal shears for this that work well and help you develop your forearm strength.
  4. Hammer down the nail into a nice rivet. You can use the flat part of the hammer to spread the metal and the rounded part to shape it into a nice even dome.
And finally, here is progress on the legs. Progress

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