Creating a Spacer for Riveting

In order to allow a strap to pivot after it has been riveted in place, a spacer can be used.  One can be easily fabricated from a variety of materials such as aluminum, polyethylene, polypropylene, etc.. 

It is important when making a spacer that a thin material be used to not create too large of a gap. 

To make an aluminum spacer begin by selecting an appropriate thickness of metal. Use the band saw to trim the aluminum down to a rectangle of workable size. If the piece is too long or wide it can be difficult to maneuver. Next use the band saw to create a slot in the metal piece large enough for a rivet to fit into. 

Take care to wear proper safety equipment such as safety glasses, hearing protection, etc. when using the band saw. 

Once the pieces have been shaped, the edges of the spacer will need to be smoothed on the sander as to not scratch your project. The metal may get hot during this process so it is a good idea to have work gloves on and a container of water handy to dip it in.

To use the spacer, place it between the device and the rivet, positioning the post of the rivet in the slot. Attach the rivet as usual and remove the spacer when done.

Spacer for riveting

Spacer for riveting