Rivets

Naturally, you may weld your projects BUT on some projects you may choose to use solid flat head steel rivets, nuts & bolts, or pop rivets. The rivets we sell have been processed and are mild which allows them, with the aid of our Practical or Master Rolling, Bending, and Riveting tools, to be meshed right into the metal you are joining together. Nuts and bolts or the pop rivets offer a great way to attach some metal stampings to your designs. Riveting provides a quick, safe, easy way of joining metal strip together and gives the finished job an authentic and traditional metalwork appearance.  Our rivets are an annealed/mild flat head steel rivet which makes them easy to work with.


Common question: What size rivet should I buy for joining metalwork together?


1st choose the correct diameter of rivet. Our 1/8" dia. rivets are available in 6 different lengths. These are suitable for use with 1/8" holes punched using the Metalcraft Practical Punch/Shear, the Metalcraft Master Punch/Shear (fitted with 1/8" punch block & pin), or the XL5+ Pro Metal Bender Tool (fitted with 1/8" & 4mm dual punch block & pin).

Our 3/16" rivets are supplied in 5 lengths suitable for use with holes punched using the Metalcraft Master Punch/Shear Tool (fitted with 3/16" punch block & pin) or XL5+ Pro Metal Bender Tool (fitted with 3/16" punch block & pin).

2nd choose the correct length of rivet. This is dictated by how many strips of metal you are joining together and their total thickness. If working with up to 1/8" thick flat strip metal to be riveted together, the rivet should be approx 1/16" - 1/8" longer than the combined thickness of the metalwork being riveted. If riveting flat strip metal thicker than 1/8" together the rivet should extend approx 1/8" - 3/16" longer than the combined thickness of the metalwork being riveted.

(please note - when using a rivet in a scrolled area, the required length of rivet may vary over 2 straight pieces of the same thickness).

We suggest having several sizes of rivets on hand so that you can rivet a variety of joints.

Some examples:
  • 2 pieces of 3/32" thickness = 1/4" long rivet
  • 4 pieces of 3/32" thickness = 3/8" long rivet
  • 2 pieces of 1/8" thickness = 5/16" long rivet
  • 3 pieces of 1/8" thickness =   1/2" long rivet
  • 2 pieces of 3/16" thickness = 1/2" long rivet
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