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ISO to rent, borrow, buy.... Press-n-Snap tool

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ISO to rent, borrow, buy.... Press-n-Snap tool
I have an anvil I usually use, but sometimes working on the bench is not practical. I am upgrading/modifying the dodger on my BBSB this summer, and will be installing snaps to match some existing snaps. I like to install one at a time and ensure that everything aligns and is snug. The use of the hand tool will be needed this time. If you have one that I might borrow, or rent, or buy, please let me know. No hurry, it will be in June/July likely when I can schedule a weekend with Mom, my canvas maker!

https://www.sailrite.com/...N-Snap-Fastener-Tool

Dave Diefenderfer
Manassas, VA

"Once you set out to build a boat, throw away your square. And if you work on her after she's launched, throw away your level." author unknown

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Dave - I have a set of dies that attach to the jaws of a pair of vice grips. I picked them up a few years ago and have used it on about 6-8 snaps and it does a decent job. You could do a search and buy them, they were fairly inexpensive $10-12 if I remember correctly.

Regards, Tom


Great South Bay
West Sayville, N Y
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Dave, I bought the Sailrite black professional stamp tool. I counter-sunk the metal base in block of birch, enabling me to flip it if needed to use both sides. I just mounted nearly 40 snaps to replace my TDB blind. Worked great, other than one finger pinch via the ball-peen hammer!
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Rick, the block of wood was sufficient mass to use as an anvil? I need to set the snaps in space, can't easily bring the canvas down to a solid base. I don't think I could support the anvil in space, align the snap and strike it with the hammer? Even 2 people doing that can be a challenge. Brian and I did it for a couple snaps in Rufus' South Bay boats we restored with/for him.

Dave Diefenderfer
Manassas, VA

"Once you set out to build a boat, throw away your square. And if you work on her after she's launched, throw away your level." author unknown

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No, I was using my layout boat's trailer tongue as the base. The thing I hate about those snap presses is that it takes several "tries" to get the adjustment screw set at the right length...and then it usually creeps over use.
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Dave,

I have a round piece of steel 6" in diameter and 4" tall, that I use as an anvil, it's easy to move around and use. I also have a nickle-carbide penetrator (from anti-tank round) it's 2" in diameter and 6" long. It's hard as woodpecker lips and easy to use as a punch or anvil.

I'm back in town on the 27th, and you can take a look and see if either is helpful.

Ken deal