We know the importance of keeping your leather goods in beautiful condition, so when it comes to installing, replacing, or repairing split and tubular rivets – we’ve got you covered. We’re going to share with you our method for setting split and tubular rivets using the best tools available to yield a perfect result. Let’s get started…
How to Set a Split Rivet
Before setting your rivet, be sure that you have punched a hole in each piece of leather you will be using. To do this, use a simple punch tool and give it a few taps with a rawhide mallet. A variety of punch tools can be found in our online catalog for purchase.
- Take the split rivet and put it through the leather. If you’re using multiple pieces of leather, stack them onto the rivet.
- Place a washer on the rivet on the backside to keep it from pulling through the leather.
- Take your special split rivet tool (split rivet die) and place it between the two prongs. Strike the tool with a rawhide mallet to open the prongs.
- Once the prongs are spread, take a metal hammer and push the prongs flat onto the washer to smooth them out.
How to Set a Tubular Rivet
- Take your tubular rivet and put it through the leather. Place a washer on the rivet before setting it to keep it from pulling through the leather.
- Use a metal block or hard surface to give leverage to the rivet. Take a rivet peening tool, place it on the end of the rivet, and give it a few taps with a rawhide mallet.
- Now your rivet is peened. You may want to give it a few taps with a metal hammer to smooth it out.
How to Set a Large Tubular Rivet on a Wheel
The last thing we want to get into is how to use a heavy duty tubular rivet to repair a wheel on a piece of luggage. In this case, the tubular rivet is also the wheel axle. Let’s see how it’s done…
- Insert the rivet into the wheel. Back it up with a washer for support.
- Choose one of two different types of peening tools, starred or rolled, to peen the rivet. Place the peening tool on the end of the rivet and give it a few taps with a rawhide mallet.
- Again, you may want to tap it a few times with a metal hammer to smooth out the peened rivet.