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 Posted: Mon Apr 7th, 2014 07:45 pm
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I took an idea I saw on the net and built a rivet gun with a ball point pen, some wood and a file handle.





I can't remember where I saw this so I can't give credit, sorry.

I'm working on a tank for this flat car. A bit of newspaper printing aluminum becomes a riveted part. Glue and

paint will make it look real. The flat car is rough boards I cut on my bandsaw and the base is an old New Bright

caboose deck and trucks.

I'll start a thread for the tank car too.



Here's how the MKII version looks. I added the extra dimples for spacing and a guide for alignment. The guide is

removable and can be shimmed (I used thin wire for a shim) to allow exact distance of rivet dimple from the edge.





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Maybe you can glean some ideas to improve your machine from here.
In the 60's, there was an article in MR, where the author described how to build such a machine ( almost the same as shown above ) yourself.
Here's a compendium of rivet-making techniques.



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Does it looking anything like this?









 


I built mine back in the early 70's. I think I used the article from MR. It's made out of cast iron and tool steel. Works pretty good.

I use a CAD program to draw out a rivet pattern and them glue it to the material to be riveted. Gives better spacing length wise.

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Wow, lots of ideas to do the same thing. I wish I could find the original thread I saw. The fellow made his from machined aluminum blocks I think and it was complicated. I decided to make something simple... for my simple models.



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That's exactly the one they featured in MR. Well...:old dude:



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Here's the machine that Herb made for me.  I have not made a hammer for it but use a little "jewelers" hammer to give it a whack. I made various jigs from very hard wood for different apps.  As can be seen, I usually scribe on the backside where I want the rivets and then whackety whack. This works on metals and styrene and once on a finger tip.

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That's the Traub Semi-automatic Scale Riveter. The only thing not mentioned here is that the bottom die ring has a lip sized so, after putting the first rivet impression, by moving the material to make it rest against the outside edge will provide automatic spacing for the next one. Of course different rivet spacings will require different dies. OF COURSE the original article was printed AFTER I did a few rivet jobs with a nail and hammer. Oh well.... Jose.



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My home-designed & home-made combined hole punch/riveter; remarkably similar to those above.
Main difference is the adjustable automatic depth stop which, combined with spring, ensures that any sort of pull on the operating lever produces identical size/depth "rivets".
Unscrew the depth stop & it will happily punch holes neater & easier than can be drilled through steel/brass up to about 15 thou thick.










The heavy 'right angle' foot/baseplate bolts to a fixing I made on the rear of a lathe bed. The X & Y feeds of the lathe saddle then give accurate rivet spacing.


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'' The X & Y feeds of the lathe saddle then give accurate rivet spacing.''

Now there's an interesting adaptation--

Much more versatile than pushing the previous rivet up against the rim of the bottom die, although no where near as quick.

There is an Allen Keller video that shows a fellow embossing rivets with a converted sewing machine- but offers no detail as to whether the serrated lower foot of the machine controls the spacing. But it was QUICK, and a shown sample looked great.

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Isn't that interesting... my wife tried to convince me to adapt our old treadle sewing machine into an automatic 'rivet machine'. Stitch spacing sets rivet spacing.



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