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Types of hammers and solid copper rivets? Answered

As you said setting rivets requires a hammer, not a mallet. I assume these especially are the solid copper rivets? For those it is important to use a smooth faced hammer, not one with a waffle pattern that carpenters might use. After doing the initial setting of the rivet with the proper tool, do you do any additional rounding of the rivet? I like to use a ball peen hammer (has a smooth face) and use the rounded end to smooth over the top and edges of the rivet to make it look nicer and feel more level. Your thoughts?

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MikaelaHolmesBest Answer (author)2017-09-18

In the lesson on setting rivets, I explain that for rapid rivets, it's best to use the rivet setting tool with a mallet. The rivet setting tool rounds the rivet top nicely. Using only a hammer is an option f you don't have the rivet setting tool, but it will make the top of the rivet flat and sometimes mark it accidentally. You are right, you should definitely use a smooth hammer. The solid copper rivets need to be set with a rivet setter like this (https://www.tandyleather.com/en/product/craftool-copper-brass-rivet-burr-setters). In my experience, this setter should also be used with a mallet, not a hammer if possible. It's better to never use a metal hammer on a metal tool. Metal hammers will end up damaging the tool after repeated use. I hope that answers your question :)

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