|Project by Matt||posted 02-27-2011 02:40 PM||1682 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
A friend of mine uses small memo notepads to track his to-do list. And when I saw Jerry's awesome clipboard , I was inspired and thought it would make a great gift. So I decided to give it a try.
The clipboards are made of maple and walnut, laminated and then book matched on the bandsaw. Final dimensions are roughly 10” tall, 5 3/4” wide and 1/4” thick.
The toughest part of the whole project was locating a decent clip and figuring out how to mount it. I ordered the Rockler clip but ended up not being too happy with the quality. Searching the internet for other clips was fruitless, so I visited a few office supply stores before finding some cheap hardboard clipboards that had decent clips. I removed the nicer clips from the cheap clipboards and used those. Interestingly, the Rockler clip was $5.19 while the entire hardboard clipboard (with clip) at OfficeMax was $1.79. Go figure!
To mount the clips I tested many methods but ultimately found that embedding a small 4mm set screw in a hole with a little epoxy worked best. (Ideally I might have settled on a threaded insert but most available were too deep and I didn’t want to have it show through the backside of the clipboard). The set screw in epoxy is surprisingly strong and should hold well over time.
-- Matt, Austin, TX