There are many ways to attach wood to metal. If you’re like me, you probably have your own method that works for you. However, this article will teach you a new technique that’s been around for decades and is surprisingly practical. This technique is called cleat hinging and not only will it allow you to attach wood to the metal without screws, but it also has several advantages including the ability to hinge wood in any direction, the ability to hinge wood together and create joints in both directions, and the ability to use cleats and plates on either side of your joint.
How To Attach Wood To Metal Without Screws
- Cut out the plate from your piece of wood and drill holes in the bottom of the plate. The holes should be 3/4 inch deep.
- Cut two plates from your piece of wood that is about 2 inches thick and 2 inches wide. One plate will serve as the plate, while the other will serve as the cleat.
- Drill a hole through each side of your wood and metal surfaces that are at least 3/4 inch deep. Make sure these holes are on opposite sides so you can use a bolt to attach them together later on in this process.
- Attach two bolts through each hole with a nut on top of each bolt to secure them together securely (see image below). You can also use clamps or vice if you’d like to secure them better than using bolts and nuts (see image below).
- Next, attach one cleat to your piece of wood using a bolt and nut (see image below). You can use a bolt and nut with a drill to attach the cleat to your wood. If you’re using bolts, make sure the heads of the bolts are facing towards each other (see image below).
- Attach the second cleat to your piece of wood using another bolt and nut (see image below). This time, however, you’ll want to make sure the head of the bolt is facing away from each other (see image below).
- Finally, attach both cleats together with a 1/2 inch pin that’s been drilled through both sides of your joint. The pin should be about 3/4 inch deep and 2 inches long. When you’re done drilling the hole through both pieces of wood, leave about 3/8 inch at each side of your pin sticking out so it will fit into one of your holes (see image below).
How To Attach Wood Together Without Screws
- Cut out two pieces from your wood that are 2 inches thick and 2 inches wide.
- Drill a hole through each side of your wood and metal surfaces that are at least 3/4 inch deep.
- Attach the bolts and pins on either side of your joint using clamps or a vice.
- Use the bolts to attach the wood in any direction you desire, while the pins will allow you to hinge it together in either direction.
- You can also use plates (such as those shown below) on both sides of your joint to create even more flexibility in design.
- The pins will allow you to hinge the wood together in any direction.
- The bolts will allow you to hinge the wood in any direction.
- This is how it looks when it’s all put together and in use.
- I used this technique to attach a piece of molding that was too big for my screw-in bracket, so I used some scrap wood as a spacer between the bracket and the molding, then attached the molding to the bracket with cleats and plates on both sides of the joint.
Advantages Of This Method
Cleat hinging is a practical solution to attaching wood to the metal without screws. This method has some real advantages when compared to other methods including the ability to hinge wood in any direction, to hinge wood together, and it allows you to use cleats and plates on either side of your joint.
- The first advantage of this method is that it allows you to hinge wood in any direction. This means that you can have your metal plate on the side that you want it to be on and then use cleats on the other side. This means that you can create a hinge out of the metal plate, which is great for those who like to have different configurations of a metal piece.
- Another advantage of this method is that it allows for cleats and plates to be used on either side of your joint without screws or nails. This allows for a quicker process as you don’t have to worry about screws or nails getting in the way when trying to attach wood to the metal without screws.
- The final advantage of this process is that it allows for more customization and configuration if you want it to be so. The fact that people can use any type of wood and still do not need screws or nails makes this method perfect for those who like making their own designs.
What Is The Best Metal To Wood Glue?
- The best glue for this method is most likely wood glue. Wood glue is the best because it’s waterproof and it doesn’t take long for it to dry. Also, you can use this method with any type of wood. You can also sand down your metal to make it more smooth before applying the wood glue.
- Another great choice for this method is a two-part epoxy which comes in a tube. Two-part epoxy has the consistency of toothpaste and will leave no residue behind when you are finished gluing your pieces together. This makes it great for attaching two pieces of metal together because you won’t have to worry about residue getting in the way when trying to attach them together (such as when using cleat hinging).
- Finally, if you want a super quick solution, you can use a small amount of cyanoacrylate (super glue) on both sides of your joint and then place your pieces together with cleat hinging. This will allow you to attach two pieces of metal together in a few seconds and it will also give you the strongest bond possible.
Disadvantages Of This Method
- As you can see, using this method has several advantages. However, there are some disadvantages too. One disadvantage is that this method is not as durable as screwing wood to metal and it does require a bit more effort. You also have to use a different technique for attaching two pieces of wood together (cleat hinging). Finally, this method won’t work with all types of metal.
- This method is not as durable as screwing wood to metal. This means that you will have to be extra careful when using this method and make sure that you are using the right type of wood and that you are applying too much glue.
- This method requires a different technique for attaching two pieces of wood together (cleat hinging). This means that if you’re trying to attach two pieces of metal together, it might be difficult for some people to get them together because they will have to use the two different techniques instead of one combined technique.
- Finally, this method won’t work with all types of metal. If your metal is thicker than 1/4″, it won’t work with this method. Also, it’s not recommended for metals like aluminum or stainless steel because they can easily scratch each other if they aren’t sanded down first before trying to attach them with cleat hinging.
You may not be able to attach wood to the metal without screws, but if you are trying to attach something to a metal surface, this method is a great option. It allows for a lot of customization and the fact that it doesn’t require any screws or nails makes it much easier.