anybody who has seen my scratchbuilt models will notice that they are full of rivets. i do have a love hate relationship with rivets, i hate them but i cant live without them.......heard this before as regards to you men out there know what. anyway my venerable and well loved waldron punch and die has been worked to complete worn out. waldron punch and die sets are very hard to get by these days i know there are other makes but i needed rivets im addicted to rivets give me rivets so i decided to try and make my own riveter AND SURPRISE SURPRISE IT worked
all you need are two peices of clear 5mm acryllic/perspex sheet 8mm would do fine if not better.
in between sandwich two strips of 1mm pastic card at the edges
add some clearance underneath and drill holes through both sheet, making sure they are as vertical as possible, preferably using a small bench drill
for the punches you can use the back end of the drill bit used to cut the holes or my preferd hypodermic needles. both of which are given a flat end using a disc cutter but i suppose you could sand the edges just as well.
one other thing i do is fix a small spring just above the needle tip to quicken punching.
i hope this can be of use to anybody out there. anyway i though id share it with you guys out there. it worked for me, maybe it can work for you too.