How to Fasten A Clipboard Clip

It sounds simple, but is one of the most asked questions by email and phone! It really is tough to find just the right hardware for mounting these things.  You need to know the thickness and type of material you are going into, and the clipboard clip hole size.
These are the most commonly used fasteners: Screws, (including Machine Screws), Chicago Screws, (Screw Posts) and Rivets.
If you are mounting to wood, and the wood is 3/8″ or more thick, Wood screws should work just fine.  If it is a very high use application, try and use Chicago Screws, (Screw Posts), as the extra wide head on both sides gives even better stability.
Make sure that the female portion of the fastener does not come up higher than the wood surface, as it needs to be on the bottom because it will not fit through the clip itself.  The male part of the fastener will hold the clip down snugly to the embedded part.

Lg. Chicago Screw on Wood

3/8″ Chicago Srew, 3/8″ Wood







Screw Posts are also known as Chicago Screws.  Both halves have a Flat head and they join together snugly.  They fit best when the material is just a bit thicker that their stated size.  For example, a 1/4″ Screw Post nicely attaches through a 5/16″ board, but will be left loose and unable to tighten on a board that is even slightly under 1/4″!

Either side of the smaller chicago screw shank will fit through the clipboard clip holes, so you don’t have to worry about that.  It will not extend that much past 1/4″.  If your material is too thin, the screw post will not tighten.  In this case, you will need to look at rivets.

1/4″ Acrylic, 1/4″ Chicago Screw









If you just cannot get the chicago screws to work.  It may be time to try riveting.  Use a rivet that is not too much thicker than the material.  The rivet will pull the pieces together and hold them firmly.

We don’ sell rivet tools, but most of your local hardware and home improvement stores should carry them  Rivets are cheap – experiment!.




3 thoughts on “How to Fasten A Clipboard Clip

  • November 26, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Please tell me how to fasten clipboard clip #H861. Somehow the clip must be open in order to screw it down. How do you open the jaws so it can be screwed to wood – I plan to use the recommended screws #E141-4R

    • November 27, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      In the past I have stuck a pen in the jaws and then screwed it down. It helps a lot. It will not hold totally flat, but tightening the screws takes it the rest of the way. With longer screws, just getting one screw in will hold it flat and you probably won’t need the pen.

      Hope that helps!


  • January 20, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Hi, I am looking for some good looking chicago screws to bind two acrylic plates of 20mm thickness. I am a little lost how to browse and enquire here. Do you have something like that? Thanks!

    (sorry I think I posted to the wrong place just now.)


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