Maple and Walnut Clipboards

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Project by Matt posted 02-27-2011 02:40 PM 1881 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 02:56 PM

I like them! Very cool and you were ingenious in finding the clips!
Thanks for the ideas.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 03:20 PM

Fine idea, and nicely done! Good to see you note Jerry’s inspiration for this project also! Thanks for the post.

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 05:23 PM

Thanks for the tips about finding and mounting the clips. I have been pondering these same problems myself.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 06:05 PM

Good job Merf! I am glad I could give you ideas. I agree the Rockler clips are a nice design that takes little real-estate, but I wish they where thicker brass.


-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 11:00 PM

Nice job Matt, have you seen these clips,250,43298 a bit $$$ but a nice clip.


-- It seem's to me i could live my life, a lot better than i think i am. Andrew, Midland, Ont.

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 11:17 PM

Hi Andrew. Thanks, some nice features on that clip and it looks sturdy too.

-- Matt, Austin, TX

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#7 posted 02-28-2011 03:07 AM

That is what I am going to make one for my brother-in-law. I bought the clip from It looks pretty good. I havn’t yet installed it, though.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#8 posted 02-28-2011 04:28 PM

Nice, Matt. I like a good clipboard.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 04:32 PM

Those are nice; great for note-taking. I’m sure they’ll be well received as gifts. Good job!


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#10 posted 03-02-2011 09:55 PM

Beautiful work. Id make a few myself, but i tend to throw them in rage and i wouldnt want to destroy such fine craftsmanship. Nicely done.

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