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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.

Tech Specs
Nail GaugeUse Rove Item No.Rove OD (inch)Head Diameter
14NCRV145/16".165 in
13NCRV133/8".20 in
12NCRV127/16".235 in
Info & Guides
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.

Reviews for Rose Head Copper Nails

10 of 18 Reviews

June 6, 2021

I would buy this item again.
By Joe from McAdoo Pa.

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I used these nails to install corrugated panels to my ceiling and side walls in my home and came out fantastic very very pleased with this product.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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December 1, 2020

Great product and fast shipping!
By Mushroom Joe from Northeast Pa.

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Never had any problems with these rose heads and many thanks for supplying them to the public.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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October 28, 2020

Great product, delivered very quickly.
By None from Barnstable MA

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I used the copper nails to fasten gussets on frames for a twelve foot semi-dory. My initial order produced nails that were too short (my fault) and Jamestown got the right sized nails to me in just a couple of days enabling me to keep working.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 18, 2020

Rosehead Copper Nails
By Clarence from CA

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Used rosehead copper nails with copper roves to decorate custom handbag

Custom Handbag with marine fabric, leather, brass hardware/accents
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 20, 2020

Yes very much so
By Mike from Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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I used the copper nails as a decorative finish to hold the ends is the flattened powder Horn I was making, for historical reenacting

Flattened powder horn with buck horn powder measure and stopper
Flattened powder horn
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 18, 2019

These are terrific nails, at a good price.
By Al from North East Pennsylvania

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My use was not the standard application. I am repairing an old barn and needed to patch several knot holes in the wide vertical boards. I cut patches from sheet copper and attached them using the Rose Head nails. Worked perfectly.

Copper patch with Rose Head nails
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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January 8, 2019

Filing
By lfury from Chicago

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I am finding that several of the nails have need of filing off a burr at the tip. I was not observant enough at first and ruined a piece had all but completed. Love rose headed copper but wished the heads were bigger and than there were no burrs that needed filling before use. Also, wished the website description didn't mislead as to actual number of nails/box and not misstating it was a pound you were paying for.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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September 20, 2018

Great product, just what I needed.0
By Metalsmith from Detroit, MI

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My company does custom metalwork projects and used these nails on custom copper countertops to secure the copper sheet on the underside. These nails didn't deform and stay in place securely.

Custom copper countertops (nails not visible, on underside)
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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September 2, 2016

I would recommend these copper nails Great product
By mushroom Joe from McAdoo Pa.

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yes

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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April 9, 2016

Solid copper nails
By diego from IN

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Good for decorative woodworking.


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