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drill press as an arbor press for kydex rivets

Discussion in 'Sheaths & Such' started by milkyeye, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. milkyeye


    Apr 14, 2010
    anyone have success using a drill press to set kydex rivets? Just thought I could save a few, and use an existing tool, for another task, and just buy the dies.
  2. Nsewell


    Mar 26, 2017
    I used my drill press before I had an arbor press
  3. Kiah

    Kiah S&S Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 20, 2006
    You can. If it's a cheaper press (like a lot of benchtops) with a set screw holding the head in place, you might have to drill a hole and put a pin through it or keep knocking it back down into place.
    kagia likes this.
  4. milkyeye


    Apr 14, 2010
    The drill press has been working out pretty well for 8-8 rivets. Nice that I can use one tool for more than one job, hope it holds up.
  5. jll346

    jll346 Knife maker Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    May 29, 2006
    A cheap arbor press from hf will last you a lifetime. Plus it's always set up because it's only purpose is rivets.

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