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Thread: how to remove handles on old box, dave? anyone?

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    how to remove handles on old box, dave? anyone?

    I purchased these 2 old boxes recently at a tag sale.
    I liked the joinery and the handles.
    I want to strip them down and restain them, repaint the hardware.
    The lock part is screwed on, easy enough.
    The handle part seems to be riveted on, dont know how I can get the handle off without breaking it.
    Any help? clues?

    I believe they were used to hold scopes in the engineering field.
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    Only way I know of would be to drill the peaned side of the rivet out and then push/punch it out. You'd obviously have to replace the rivets.

    If you can't find rivets that match search "blacksmith supply" or "blacksmith supplies" for suppliers, most of them are pretty good to deal with.

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    I agree with Ryan. You're gonna hafta drill 'em out. Probably best to center-punch them first, to keep the drill from wandering.
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    I didnt want to destroy any of the original hardware.
    IM guessing its going to be some chore to paint them still attached to the box.
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    Grind the head off on the handle side and then drive them out
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I didnt want to destroy any of the original hardware.
    IM guessing its going to be some chore to paint them still attached to the box.
    Yeah, I believe that since they're rivets though there's no easy way. Its either pain of one sort or the other.

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    Clean the hardware. Spray hardware with glossy lacquer. Mask off. Refinish the wood, Remove the masking tape.
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