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Tube Rivets are another method of riveting but, as the name implies, you use a tube as the rivet! Amazing, isn’t it? Please see my video on Basic Riveting 101 or check out my technique section for a tutorial on Basic Riveting , if you are unsure how to rivet. Watch my video, How to make Tube Rivets, for an alternative to this text.
The requirements for tube riveting are different than for wire rivets. For the tube rivet, you will usually need a larger hole, to accommodate the (usually) greater diameter of the tubing. The other difference is that you need a tool to flare out the tubing and one to flatten, the flared tubing, down.
Rivets can be made with commercially available eyelets or pre cut tubing but, the cheapest way – especially in the long run – is to make your own from tubing. AND, the best way to get the tubing sizes that you need are to make your own tubing but, that is a subject for another web page!
So, to start, I’ll talk about a few of the tools you will need. I will show you cheaper alternatives and some of the pricier options. Sometimes the cheapest route is the best, other times: “you get what you pay for”. So, here we go…
What Tools You’ll Need
You only need one of the tools listed below. Some of us have them all though! (Ahem).
A tool to make or drill holes with. That includes, Dremels, Flex Shafts, Pin Drills, Manual Drills, Punches and Screw-down type punches. Please see my web page for more detailed information on Flex Shafts Dremels and Drilling Tools.
2. Commercial Riveting tool