Removing a Rivet Head with a Chisel

Cutting a Rivet Head with a Side Chisel

Removing a Rivet Head

Hold the work in a heavy vise or secure it some other way so that the work will not move. (See fig. 6-1A.) Hold the cold chisel with one face of the bevel flat on the surface of the job. Strike the head of the chisel with the hammer as you loosely hold and guide the chisel.

To cut off a rivet head with a cape chisel, select a chisel of about the same size as the diameter of the rivet. Cut through the center of the rivet head, holding one face of the bevel flat on the surface of the job, and then sever the center of the head from the shank or body, as shown in figure 6-IB.

To cut off a rivet head with a side cutting chisel, place the chisel nearly flat on the surface of the work with its single bevel upwards. Drive the cutting edge under the edge of the rivet head just as you would if you were using a cold chisel. (See fig. 6-2A). Notice in figure 6-2B that the cutting edge of the chisel has a slight radius which will tend to prevent the corners from cutting undesirable grooves in the surface of the work.




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July 22, 2014