Riveting Information Requested

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by eltee, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. eltee

    eltee Sr Member

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    I am going to rivet some things on my stormtrooper armor. My "Pop" rivet system leaves a nice, flush rivet head on one side but the other side has this bulbous mushroom shape on it that is inherent with blind side Pop riveting.

    What rivet system makes those rivets that are nice and flat on both sides?

    THANKS for any help.
     
  2. Darth Mawr

    Darth Mawr Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I've used what I call a "speed" rivet thats similar to a flat headed screw with a blind (tee) nut that sits flush. When I used to fight in the SCA we used these in our metal armor and held up to being beaten with rattan swords.

    You can find them at Tandy Leather.
     
  3. eltee

    eltee Sr Member

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    Thanks. I'll try that, there is a Tandy leather store in my town.
     
  4. Jimbo890

    Jimbo890 Well-Known Member

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    I use the aluminum rivits with the washers, and then tap them flat using a ball-peen hammer, and an anvil. Make s nice flush rivet. Cheap, and easy.
     
  5. eltee

    eltee Sr Member

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    D'oh....such a simple and practical solution and here I am with an anvil sitting in my garage. THANKS. I also like the look of those special screws, the local hardware store call them "Chicago Screws" so now I have two practical solutions. Thanks all.
     
  6. NEOGELION

    NEOGELION New Member

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    The surebonder brand of rivets pull "flush" on the back. They used to be sold at wal mart, but you may be able to find them somewhere else.
     
  7. JUDGE_HELLFAST

    JUDGE_HELLFAST Well-Known Member

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    Try post bolts. They are about 29 cents a piece and can be found at any hardware store. They will do the job nicely and leave a nice flush surface on both sides. They are also nice and strong and won't come apart like most rivets do under stress. Here's a pic for reference:

    http://clonetroopers.net/Forum/index.php?a...ype=post&id=853

    Hope that helps, bro.
     
  8. MonCal

    MonCal Well-Known Member

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    Some hardware guys might know them as binding posts or sex bolts too ;)
     
  9. JUDGE_HELLFAST

    JUDGE_HELLFAST Well-Known Member

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    :love Yes, indeedy.
     
  10. eltee

    eltee Sr Member

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    Oh yea...I know what you mean. I mention sex, my wife bolts. :p

    Seriously, THANKS to all of you for the great info. I learned alot about rivets, binding posts and "sex bolts." :D
     

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