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How to Use a Pneumatic Riveter

A manual riveter is a useful tool, but it can become tiresome. Use these step-by-step instructions to use a pneumatic riveter for a project that binds metal to wood.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Drill Pilot Holes

Place a piece of metal on top of a piece of wood.

As you would with a manual riveter, drill pilot holes for each of the rivets.

Step 2: Use the Riveter

Feed a rivet into the head of the pneumatic riveter.

Seat the rivet into the pilot hole. Keep your finger off the trigger until it's seated, then pull the trigger.

Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each hole.

feed rivet into head of pneumatic riveter

Step 3: Hammer, Then Grind the Rivet

To hide the rivet, use a ball pein hammer to flatten it out (Image 1).

Then, use a grinder to grind off the flattened head of the rivet (Image 2).

Repeat this step for each rivet.

Step 4: Fill the Holes and Paint

Use Bondo to fill any holes, then do any necessary sanding.

Finally, paint the project.