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Greg Ellis 03-25-2013 04:25 PM

Ideas for a small hidden fastener
I need to hold these 2 corners in place with a blind fastener that will be easy to remove but because the corners will be under a bit of strain the fasteners need to be fairly STRONG.
These panels are made from panel board and I have a small piece of wood glued behind to the trunk which will receive the fastener.
I am imaging something that will push on and pull off.
Christmas tree fasteners would be too strong.
Any ideas?

OneMoreTime 03-25-2013 05:16 PM

You might look in the cabinet hdwre section of Lowes to see if some cabinet door catches might do the deed..those just push pull..


sedanbob 03-25-2013 05:20 PM

Perhaps a strip of Velcro for each?

46streetrod 03-25-2013 05:21 PM

Industrial velcro:)

302 Z28 03-26-2013 08:50 AM

I have not had much luck with Velcro, and especially Industrial Velcro. As the temp gets hot the backing glue will delaminate to a sticky mess. There are various "christmas tree" fasteners that should do the trick but the problem with those is they telegraph through the covering material and can be seen.

How about some arrangement where the corners key into a slot as you install the piece?


35WINDOW 03-26-2013 08:55 AM

How about the good 'ol Auveco Clip?

AUVECO Clip 10780

Greg Ellis 03-26-2013 09:21 AM

Yea, The Auveco clip would work. I can mount a metal tab (with a hole in it) onto my piece of wood and the clip could then push into the metal tab. Good idea.
Thanks to everyone that took the time share their ideas. Maybe I can repay the favor someday soon;)

DanTwoLakes 03-26-2013 10:07 AM

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Also look at the Au-Ve-Co 12134 clip. Both that clip and the 10780 are offset clips and all you will need is a 1/2" hole in the upper corner of your panels to slip either clip into.

gmcjake89 03-27-2013 06:50 PM

I don't know what they are called but RVs have little lock type things that keep the cabinets closed during travel... I know its very vague but if you could figure out what they are called may be a good Idea. or maybe a button snap like on old jackets or blue jeans just a thought

Stitcher 03-30-2013 08:28 PM

Look into MAGDADDY fastener, quick to use and very strong, just glue to panel. If you have all plastic, wood, etc. panels just attach the gluedaddy to one and a piece thin sheet metal to the other and your good.


Greg Ellis 04-01-2013 10:47 AM

I decided to use the Auveco #10780 spring type fastener because I thought it might have more holding power than the Auveco 12134. Now that I am finished I can say the #10780 worked very well. That Magdaddy idea looks cool, too.
Here is the finished install. The area I was trying to secure is the upper left hand corner.
I attached this aluminum tab with two machine screws. It is very stout!
Then I installed the spring fastener to the panel board I used to fab the upholstered panel.
This view gives you an idea how the spring clip slips into the hole I drilled into the mounting tab. Just one push and the clip holds the panel very nicely. When you need to remove the panel you pull on the panel to disengage the clip.
Many thanks to the guys that offered your suggestions.:thumbup: I was hung up as to how I should secure this corner but after your suggestions I was able to complete my trunk in a couple of hours.

DanTwoLakes 04-01-2013 02:07 PM

I'm curious how big a hole you drilled in the metal for the clip to go in. Normally, for a door panel the hole would be about 1/4". I think you could use 5/16" so the clip is easier to get out.

Greg Ellis 04-01-2013 02:12 PM

Dan, I wish I could recall the exact drill size I used for this but I believe it was 11/32". Just as you said the 1/4" hole was very tight and required me to use a screwdriver to lever out the fastener. When I went to something a little larger than 5/16" I was able to get my hand behind the panel board and pop the spring clip out with ease. In other applications like a door panel you might want a tighter fit but in this case the larger hole worked out very well.

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