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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    What Nick said.

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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    I have also made roves using dimes.
    Crazy right? 10 for a dollar, silver roves

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    The only thing missing is a word, or photo?, saying how hard to tap.
    Not hard enough that a mis-aimed tap pushes the nail back out. It’s not a ten-tap @ 100% effort that works, it’s 30+ @ maybe 30% does the job.

    Kind of a Zen thing once you find your groove; less is more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I have also made roves using dimes.
    Crazy right? 10 for a dollar, silver roves
    Old dimes. The new ones’re silver-plated copper, just like pennies’re copper-plated zinc.

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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    Mercury dimes

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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    Couldn't have asked for a more helpful series of posts. I also couldn't turn down an opportunity to get a new hammer. Will have to play around and see how it goes, should be a bit nicer than the 16oz peener.

    8oz, listed as a jeweler's hammer. One flat face and one rounded.
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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    Quote Originally Posted by sp_clark View Post
    Old dimes. The new onesíre silver-plated copper, just like penniesíre copper-plated zinc.
    Silver plated copper? That sounds perfect.

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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    For small rivets I use a 12 oz brass plumb bob as a rove set. Just unscrew the steel point and you’re good to go.

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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    I made a hammer from 4” of 1/2” steel rod & some cherry scrap for a handle and a rove set from 3/4” steel rod.

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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Conway View Post
    I made a hammer from 4” of 1/2” steel rod & some cherry scrap for a handle and a rove set from 3/4” steel rod.
    So did I, using apple, following the instructions in John Leather’s “​Clinker Boatbuilding”.
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    Default Re: getting started with copper nails and rivits

    Quote Originally Posted by offbelayknife View Post
    Couldn't have asked for a more helpful series of posts. I also couldn't turn down an opportunity to get a new hammer. Will have to play around and see how it goes, should be a bit nicer than the 16oz peener.

    8oz, listed as a jeweler's hammer. One flat face and one rounded.
    u4M6pdt.jpg
    That looks perfect
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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