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05-07-2003, 04:13 PM
I have plans for a Catspaw Dinghy that call for 1/2" white cedar planking over 1/2" thick white oak frames. Fasteners call for #13 copper rivets. Jamestown Distributors only carries #12 and #14 copper nails. To create the rivet I am using a copper rove that is set and then peened over with a hammer while using a backing iron on the head of the nail.

Should I assume that if Jamestown does not have #13 copper rivets (again these amount to a common nail and a rove) that the beast just does not exist? The design is by Joel White and the plans come from WoodenBoat.

05-07-2003, 04:46 PM

13 GA. copper rivets (http://www.faeringdesigninc.com/fst-flat.html)

You just have to shop around a little.

05-07-2003, 04:49 PM
#12 1 1/2" are slightly larger than #13, thus fine. I have not seen #13, I have got #11 2". Your proceedure is correct as long as you are peening with a ball peen. One or two light straight upsetting strokes with a flat peen and many light strokes with the ball peen working around the nail to create a tight rivet. "Light" is a relative term depending on the size of nail you are working with, but the idea is not to bend the shank in the work.

05-07-2003, 04:54 PM
Good for Faering, but those 13 1 1/4" may not be long enough. The square shank nails are great, but not really necessary, Herreshoff didn't use them for example.

05-07-2003, 05:03 PM
OOPS, length wasn't specified.

Ok, so you go a size lighter or a size heavier. No worries.

The main point is don't go single source without looking around. Google found Faering Designs and Classic Marine in a heartbeat.

One more source, 13 GA. x 1-1/2"

13 GA.-Classic Marine (http://www.classicmarine.co.uk/asp/product.asp?product=161&ph=cat)

[ 05-07-2003, 06:10 PM: Message edited by: Venchka ]