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brubendall
« on: November 06, 2006 11:24:54 AM »

I want to make one of these:

http://a451.g.akamai.net/7/451/1713/0001/image2.styleinamerica.com/pbecimgs/images/products/200642/0005/img43m.jpg

But I don't have the rivets.   If I buy rivets, how do I apply them?  Could I use something else?  The description calls them "rugged snaps" at the corners, which they might be, but they look the same on both sides, and I don't see the need for an actual snap as it would never be unsnapped.  Here it is at PB:

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Just realized this might not be the right forum, but it's kinda a "dresser wallet", right?  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006 11:40:03 AM »

My DH does leather work. He has a rivet setter (which all I ever hear is foul lang when he uses it) and he also has a small anvil (sp?) which he uses with a hard surface like our kitchen floor. I know I am not much help. But check out places like Tandy leather and other leather places, we use tandy. They should have a rivet setter for decent price.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006 11:44:00 AM »

You can purchase rivets at most leather supply companies. I bought the ones you set with a hammer and a little metal tool. Very inexpensive.

Here is what I bought from http://www.eleathersupply.com/fasteners.shtml

Steel Double Cap Rapid Rivets
Rapid Rivet Setter and anvil

They have many different ones to choose from! 

Hope that helps!  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2006 11:54:40 AM »

Thank you SO much!  I found a Tandy leather shop here in town that sells them.  I'm going to check them out later this afternoon!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2006 11:57:57 AM »

Let me know how this works out. I'd love to see finished results. And know what type of leather you went with. I think I may have DH make a few up for Christmas presents or something.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2006 12:05:38 PM »

Tandy also sells something called "Chicago Screws" which are rivet-esque but feature the added ease of the two halves screwing into one another. Rivets, especially the cheapo Tandy variety, can be hard to hammer straight. The screws alleviate this problem altogether.
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2006 12:52:56 PM »

There are versions of those trays I've seen that use snaps so it can be used flat, too.
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2006 02:21:01 PM »

Buttons. Like cufflinks at each corner
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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2006 05:07:34 AM »

There are versions of those trays I've seen that use snaps so it can be used flat, too.

Yep, that's what I was going to say, all of them I've seen have snaps, so it can lay flat when not in use.
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2006 12:52:14 PM »

Okay, the Tandy rivets appear to be crap.  No matter what I do, the back side looks completely squashed and the front, while not squashed doesn't appear to be on evenly.

EstellaLuna - Do you have this kind of problem with the rivets you use?  I'm wondering if another brand would be better. 

The chicago screws come in a larger size than I really need, but they may be a last resort.

Buttons are a great idea!  Smiley
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