Putting rivits in aluminum lawn chairs?

Anybody know whether the riviting tool used for putting rivits in aluminum lawn chairs is common and where the specific device might be found?

I need a riviting tool which will put rivits thru two 3/4" aluminum tubes like a riviting tool used for making cheap lawn chairs. Are those just for equipment manufacturers? Maybe there another method for joining the tubes? I can use bolts/nuts if necessary.

Thanks in advance.

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John Doe
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I think the type rivet your reffering to is a tubular rivet. You can set these type rivets with a modified punch, gound on the end to flare out the holled stem portion of the rivet, or simply use a ball pien hammer to flare em out. Depending on the diam, I have already used a blunt ground center punch with success. You could probably make one that would fit in a press or in a jig if you had a lot to do. The actual tool end looks like a small raised pooint surounded by a circular recess to create the rounded flare on the stem, with the raised cenmter to center it and start the flare going outwards.

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Rivit is a literacy teaching method developed by Paul Cunningham.

Rivets are used to join pieces of metal. A Google search with the correct spelling will dredge up plenty of sources for the tubular aluminum rivets, and tools to set them. Here's one:

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Note that use of steel nuts and bolts in aluminum will result in rapid galvanic corrosion of the aluminum.

Another good method to join aluminum tubes is to TIG weld them.


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Gary Coffman

Take a look at


I rarely need more than a few and have a good selection of solid rivets so when I need a few, I drill the tail end of a soild rivet (in the lathe) for about two diameters.


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Ted Edwards

Thanks for the correction/semantics.

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John Doe

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