Saturday, October 05, 2013

Rivets Installed

After trying to use the proper method to install rivets of damaging the back side to make them stick and having 3 out of 4 fail I decided to use epoxy to hold the rivets in.

First I made a fixture so I could use the bandsaw to cut the rivets in half.

Then I mixed up small batches of epoxy, hammered in a few rivets, wipe off excess epoxy from the front side.  Repeat.

 I had left the rivets long so i could peen them over, so the last step was to grind the backside smooth with the dremel.

Thinking ahead, I am worried that the epoxies low melting point will make strange things happen when the machine is welded together.

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