Rove Iron or Set

by Don Lawson
(Stoke on Trent England)

Very clear and accurate description of copper nailing.

The only thing you forgot was the tedium involved if you rush ahead and leave the fastening till last.

Do it as you go along and break the monotony.

A little tip for beginners when looking for a rove punch or set, take a copper nail and a rove to your local small engineers and explain what you are doing.

When he stops laughing he will give you a piece of thick wall steel tube about ten inches long which will last many years and fits perfectly over the nail and catches the bulk of the rove ensuring square and even driving.

I have found expensive bought sets to be less efficient than a simple piece of THICK wall tube,

Back to Copper Rivets and Roves.

Comments for Rove Iron or Set

Click here to add your own comments

Boat Building Tools
by: Mike

Excellent idea.

In the old days boat builders would as a matter of course make most of their own tools.

However, those working in a boat yard would probably have had access to a forge etc.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Your Comments.

Peening Rivets

Thanks for the notes on fitting Rovings.

I believe birds preen plumage.

Hammers are used to peen rivets.

Back to Copper Rivets and Roves.

Comments for Peening Rivets

Click here to add your own comments

by: Mike


Yea, you are correct.

I'm going to blame the spell checker ;)

I didn?t mean to make it sound like a riveting Hitchcock movie :)

Thanks for pointing out my mistake.

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Your Comments.


If you wish to add more photos (or videos) to your post or if you have any problems loading photos use the link below (there is no need to resize or adjust your photos).

But please use the 'Description Box' to indicate to which post the photos belong.

Click Here to securely send your photos,


Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.

I am perfectly aware that the majority of Wooden Boat aficionados are sensible folk.
However, I need to point out that I am an amateur wooden boat enthusiast simply writing in order to try to help other amateur wooden boat enthusiasts.
And while I take every care to ensure that the information in DIY Wood is correct, anyone acting on the information on this website does so at their own risk.