Rivets Needed for Vintage Sled

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  1. James Minor

    James Minor New Member

    Hello New Favorite Group!
    Getting ready to begin restoring our family's 1950's snow Sled, but have a quick question....Any idea what type of rivet this is? Any suggestions of where to purchase them, alternatives? Thx!
     

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  2. Mixdenny

    Mixdenny Active Member

    You can look at McMaster-Carr for solid rivets But you will have to learn how to rivet. It will be easiest with copper or aluminum rivets.

    https://www.mcmaster.com/rivets
     
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  3. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Good luck with the project, James! Please post some pics when you've completed the restoration.
     
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  4. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    That sled looks DRY as a BONE!!!! Maybe some kind of wood restorative, @sabre123 ????
     
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  5. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    Remember on a sled the rivets have to be "moveable" in order to steer it......

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    (from a random internet article): "If there is a need for a ‘pivot’, a joint that allows movement, consider using a riveted joint. Simply place a piece of paper between the two pieces of material and rivet them together.
    The gap caused by the paper, allows the joint to move from side to side, a perfect pivot."
     
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  6. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    Ya, or hope for reincarnation!
     
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  7. James Minor

    James Minor New Member

    Will do!
     
  8. James Minor

    James Minor New Member

    Not to worry...She's getting brand new oak boards!
     
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  9. James Minor

    James Minor New Member

    Not to worry...She's getting brand new oak boards!
     
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  10. James Minor

    James Minor New Member

    GREAT advice...Thank You!
     
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  11. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Then, hoping you show us when you finish!!!! We LOVE to see REVAMPS!!!!!
     
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  12. Fid

    Fid Well-Known Member

    the idea with paper is good. it will disappear by itself after a while. a professional riveteer would probably take a teflon washer.
     
  13. wiscbirddog

    wiscbirddog Well-Known Member

    Maybe it is just me, but my opinion is to restore the original boards. Would think you'd like to retain the well loved/used look as a family piece. New boards = new sled on vintage runners.
     
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  14. Rayo56

    Rayo56 Well-Known Member

    That old wood is broken and dried out - new would be the way to go, it would be a restoration not a preservation?
     
  15. James Minor

    James Minor New Member

    Yup, unfortunately the old wood is way too brittle and past the point of lasting much longer. I normally believe in preserving as much of the original "patina" as possible, but new wood is the only option here.
     
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