This article is about 2 things.
- Making clipboards out of thinner materials.
- How to fasten the clips to the thinner materials.
“How do fasten I clips or binder rings to 1/8″ acrylic or masonite”? One of our most asked questions!
If you have a clip with a wide mounting area, you can use our new Aluminum Chicago Screws, also known as Screw Posts. They come in sizes for 1/8″, 3/16″ and 1/4: material thicknesses. Drill a hole the size of the post, insert the screw from the front of the clip through the material and tighten. Unlike our other Chicago Screw offerings, these sizes have an open end in the post. They are quite reasonably priced and we are working on getting them in other finishes, although those will cost more.
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H822 clip with L189 screw posts[/caption]
Certain clips, like our H831, H832, H872 and H874 will not work with the Aluminum Chicago Screws as the head of the screw is too big and runs up against the sides of the clip mount. For these you can use our new Double Cap Rivets. The Small size is listed as 1/4″ but it is compressed when applied. I have found it ideal for the 1/8″ acrylic work. The Medium size is listed as 5/16″ but will work with 3/16″ or 1/4″ material and the Large is listed at 1/2″, but I think 3/8″ is as thick as I would go.
Attaching the Rivets is easy, drill a hole the size of the rivet shaft. Insert the rivet in the hole, snap the cap on the end. Set one end in the anvil and strike the other and with the setter. A Solid Rubber/Neoprene Mallet works best. You will feel the rivet bend into the cap. Don’t go too far beyond that point with Acrylic or it may crack.
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H831 clip with T131 double Cap rivets[/caption]
In the Small size there are inexpensive plated steel rivets and a solid brass option with Nickel or Brass overplating. I’m working on an antique rivet and a couple of other riveting solutions as well for other applications.
I will try and put a how-to video together once the rest of my fastening solutions come into stock. I’m sure you will find it a ‘Riveting’ watch…
Yeah, it is getting late!