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05-20-2011 08:59 PM

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My current project is a few display boxes that will hold belt buckles. The customer does target shooting and instead of trophy’s they get handmade belt buckles. I’m pretty stumped on how to hold them in the boxes. I plan on adding a layer of foam under each, I know the easy way would be to just add thicker foam and press the buckle up against the glass, I don’t want to take a chance of scratching them. I had an idea of make a “T” that would stick up but there are to different styles of buckles. The compartments are 2” deep, with 1/4” ply on the bottom.

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#1 posted 05-20-2011 09:11 PM

You think magnets would work? Maybe rare earth magnets?

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#2 posted 05-20-2011 09:13 PM

I had a similar problem last year when I made a medal display case for my daughter to display her marathon medals.
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I solved it by lining the back/bottom of the case with the ‘loop’ side of velcro (you can buy it in most fabric stores), then put the ‘hook’ side on maple strips that the ribbons themselves are hung from. You might be able to just attach the ‘hook’ side directly to the back of the buckle, or fashion a small wooden strip to go under the fittings that are designed for the belt.


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#3 posted 05-20-2011 09:23 PM

Do they have to be centered in the box or could you use a plate rack type of groove in the bottom part of the shelf and lean them against the back. Something like this.

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#4 posted 05-20-2011 09:26 PM

Cut one piece of foam for the buckle to sit on, and press or glue that to the bottom of the compartment. Then take a second piece of foam the same size, but cut out the center to just slightly smaller than the buckle. Glue the piece with hole in it on top of the other piece, and now your buckle will fit snugly into the recess.

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#5 posted 05-20-2011 11:24 PM

Great ideas guys, thanks a lot. I forgot the mention that she plans to hang the boxes on the wall, the reason why the buckles need to be in place somehow, otherwise I wouldn’t worry about it.

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 12:10 AM

How about running a screw in from the back of each compartment, that would screw into a strip of wood small enough to fit in the belt hook. Center the buckle and tighten down the screw to hold it in place. Does that make sense? If I was a Sketch UP guy, I could save a thousand words with a picture.

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 03:55 AM

just trying to be creative here. What if you bought a belt and cut it to length of your small boxes. Thread the buckle on first then attach the belt to the back. Maybe hot glue or something like that. just an idea. The buckle in the last pic maybe hard to fasten though.. thats all i got

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 07:29 AM

I think , Charlies idea will hold them in ,with dense foam, and, look good

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#9 posted 05-21-2011 02:58 PM

Im going to go along with ryno on this one. Maybe you could weave an actual belt through all of the compartments and clip the belt buckle to the belt.

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#10 posted 05-21-2011 04:43 PM

Thanks again for the suggestions guys. I think I might try Charles idea with press fitting them in place in the foam, seems fairly easy to do. If that doesn’t work I think I might try ryno’s idea with the belt.

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