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Emma Walker

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580 days ago

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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TheCook

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#1 posted 580 days ago

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

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lwllms

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#2 posted 580 days ago

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

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Mark Kornell

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#3 posted 580 days ago

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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Brian Strothcamp

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#4 posted 580 days ago

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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MichaelR

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#5 posted 580 days ago

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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lumberjoe

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#6 posted 580 days ago

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 580 days ago

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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madts

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#8 posted 580 days ago

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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Emma Walker

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#9 posted 580 days ago

madts,

With no peening at all?

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

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bondogaposis

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#10 posted 580 days ago

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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Emma Walker

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#11 posted 580 days ago

bondogaposis,

What do you mean by proud?

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

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mtenterprises

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#12 posted 580 days ago

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 580 days ago

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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racerglen

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#14 posted 580 days ago

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 579 days ago

See my previous post.
MIKE

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