Rosehead Copper Nails
 
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Rose Head Copper Nails

Traditional Rose head copper cut nails are used with matching copper roves to form a copper rivet. These nails are extremely robust, easy to drive and when the wood fibers become damp and swell, will never work loose.

Copper Roves are slightly conical washers. A copper nail is hammered through the joint, a rove is pushed over the end (concave side inward) and the nail is peened over forming a copper rivet. Also similar to clinch or clench nailing. Copper rivets are often utilized in classic planked wooden boat construction.

 
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Nail Gauge  Use Rove Item No.  Rove OD (inch)  Head Diameter 
14  NCRV14  5/16"  .232 in 
13  NCRV13  3/8"  .259 in 
12  NCRV12  7/16"  .291 in 
Traditional copper cut nails used with matching copper roves. These nails are extremely robust, easy to drive and when the wood fibers become damp and swell, will never work loose.

Riveting is a matter of through nailing two pieces of wood, slipping a washer over the pointed end of the nail, pushing it down the shank against the wood and then nipping off the excess nail leaving just enough excess to peen over the washer to lock it tight.

All copper riveted connections are made using two parts: nails; called the "rivet" and washers; called "burrs" or "roves". The rivets are generally just copper common nails; however, European boat-builders generally prefer the conical head and square shank of the Rosehead Boat Nail. Either way, the nail goes into the slightly undersized pre-drilled holes and through the pieces of wood to be joined. A burr with a slightly undersized center hole; to provide an interference fit, is then placed over the nail point to be driven down the nail shank. At this point you will need a Rove Set tool. We offer one here but you can make your own with a piece of rounded hardwood or a 1" hardwood dowel about 6" long. Drill a hole in one end, on center into the end grain deep enough to accommodate the exposed length of nail and size it slightly larger in diameter than the nail shank, and now you have a Rove set.

A heavy back-up tool is required to "buck-up" the head of the nail prior to setting the burr and forming the completed connection. We offer a heavy (4) pound hammer with a short handle suitable for this application. Now, to make the copper rivets connection, first tap the nail through the pre-drilled pieces of wood to be joined and back-up the head with the "buck" hammer. Next, place the burr over the nail and drive it down the exposed nail shank using the rove set tool applying light taps from a hammer. The burr should seat firmly against the wood. Using a set of diagonal cutters nip off the excess nail leaving about a nail diameter in length beyond the burr to peen over. Holding the "buck" hammer hard against the nail head, take a lightweight ball-peen hammer (STN-54016) and start tapping with the flat end to mushroom over the cut nail stub. Finally using the rounded end of the ball-peen hammer tap the mushroomed stub around the edges forming the end to lock down the burr and draw up the connection.

BRAND: Davey
Fastener Type: Nails
MET / STD: Standard
Metal: Copper
Type: Nails
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DaveyRose Head Copper Nails
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Easy to install (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gearhead (3), Technically challenged (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (10)

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5.0

I would recommend these copper nails Great product

By mushroom Joe

from McAdoo Pa.

About Me Gearhead

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Fits Multiple Cable Sizes

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

    yes

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Solid copper nails

    By diego

    from IN

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Install

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

      Good for decorative woodworking.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
       
      5.0

      Exactly right

      By Ed

      from Lake Martin, Alabama

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

          Needed to do some temp repair to a 1941 Thompson Cedar Strip rowboat. Worked great!

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          • Personal
           
          5.0

          Real Copper Nails

          By For Butch

          from Gloucester Va.

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Better Than Copper Plated

          Cons

          • None yet
          • Price

          Best Uses

          • For Copper Roof Projects

          Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

          Still in the work stage of a small project we have not noticed any rust from the roof using rose head copper nails, the former copper plate nails rusted with the first week of hard rain. Bought these in a web search for my aging husband. He is very pleased with them , though he thought they were pricey. We will be purchasing more for him soon. No complaints yet and we have had rain.

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          5.0

          Copper rules

          By LynnF

          from Denver

          About Me Gearhead

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

              I used these nails on an interior project. I hammered copper sheet and installed it as a decorative kitchen element.

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              • Personal
               
              5.0

              great!

              By Tom

              from WV

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

              Great product-used in home wood craft.

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              5.0

              Great Looking Fastners

              By Carlos

              from Annapolis Md

              About Me Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Classy
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Copper Caps

                Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

                Used these to attach copper caps i designed for vertical timbers on benches on a waterfront landing. the result was very stunning in part because of these nails.

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                • Personal

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy Rose Head Copper Nails again

                By Ed

                from MN

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

                  I used them as adecorative nail on a sea chest.

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                  • Personal

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I found a quality solution

                  By herb the beach guy

                  from miami fl

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Quality

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

                  [...]

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                  • Personal

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  BEAUTIFUL!

                  By SAGE

                  from Prescott, AZ

                  About Me Gearhead

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Install

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home

                    Comments about Davey Rose Head Copper Nails:

                    I'm using them as decorative nails in a Southwest home design. They are the accents to my copper plate designs on huge pine poles. I LOVE the way they drive and HOLD!!

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                    • Personal

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