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Forum topic by Emma Walker posted 01-18-2013 02:59 AM 4749 views 1 time favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Emma Walker

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01-18-2013 02:59 AM

I want to make carving knives from some surgical blades that got ay an auction. I need to know how brass rivets are set. Are they just peened with a hammer? If so what is the technique/best way to do this?

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.


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#1 posted 01-18-2013 03:02 AM

Drill a hole, stick some brass rod in, whack it with a hammer.

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 03:05 AM

Search “knife rivets brass” on Google or what ever search engine you prefer.

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 03:12 AM

Unless you have a super-accurate hammering technique (I don’t), use a drift or other form of punch. A small piece of steel rod the same diameter as the brass will work, too. It just avoids marring or possibly splitting the wood. Also, use something very hard (well, harder than brass) to back the knife when you peen it.

Epoxying them in place also works.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 03:16 AM

In the good ol days… thats what the ball-peen hammer was for… I use a punch of proper size with one firm wack… best if done on a large anvil (you need something very solid or you will be cussin)

you always leave them proud… then sand or machine off the mushroom

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 03:17 AM

If you’re doing just a couple, a brass rod and a small ball peen hammer is cost effective. Search for “cutler rivets” for the kind you find on kitchen knifes. They come in a variety of sizes.

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 03:17 AM

I treat them exactly like dowels. The only exception is I drive them in with a completely flat hammer to avoid rounding them over. Leave them proud on both sides and sand them down. Brass sands really easily, but harder than the surrounding wood. It’s easy to remove more wood than brass, so take it easy with the sanding and finish by hand.

A little epoxy keeps them in there for good

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Emma Walker

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#7 posted 01-18-2013 04:13 AM

I’m thinking maybe counter sink the brass rivet just a bit and use a punch with a wider dynamiter than the counter sink to mushroom the rivet in a uniform radius.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 04:30 AM

I drill a hole the same size as the rod. Then use a lot of epoxy. Has work well for me.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 04:37 AM

madts,

With no peening at all?

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 05:38 AM

Make the brass pins slightly proud on both sides. Place on a solid surface preferably steel and give a sharp rap w/ hammer. Then sand so the pins are flush. No need for a countersink.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 01-18-2013 06:03 AM

bondogaposis,

What do you mean by proud?

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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#12 posted 01-18-2013 11:28 AM

Cutterly rivits – Two-Piece Press-Fit Tubular Rivets see McMaster-Carr PN 96082A100 – http://www.mcmaster.com/#brass-rivets/=l35fqg- Scroll to the bottom.
MIKE

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elingeniero

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#13 posted 01-18-2013 11:55 AM

If this wasn’t 2 sided, I’d just use screws and router the slots off. Perhaps there’s brass hardware, such that you can do so on 2 sides.

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#14 posted 01-18-2013 12:01 PM

Emma, “proud”..he means sticking up/out a bit..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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mtenterprises

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 08:47 PM

See my previous post.
MIKE

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