Riveting is an inconspicuous. Strong and reliable method of joining metals together permanently. When fitting round-head rivets, make sure that the shank of the rivet projects through both pieces of metal by a distance equal to l.| times the diameter of the rivet. This ensures that the right amount of metal is left exposed for shaping the head.
Rest the head of the rivet on a metal block, close the plates with a rivet set and strike the other end of the shank with the flat of a ball-peen hammer. Once the shank begins to spread, use the ball-peen of the hammer to finish shaping the head. If a perfect round head is required, form it with a rivet snap.