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figure-eight fastenersI don’t actually remember how long ago I discovered figure-eight fasteners (ten, fifteen years?), but it was one of those moments when I felt like someone had answered a wish. I was struggling with how to attach something vertical to something horizontal and I wanted it nearly invisible. Then I found the figure-eight fastener. They’re not really a tip or a trick, more like someone showing you that ice cream comes in more flavors than vanilla and chocolate. One of those light-bulb-over-your-head moments.

Very simple in design (and available at most specialty woodworking stores) these flat fasteners are shaped like two washers that got crushed in a press somewhere, ending up with a figure-eight shape. By recessing one “washer” into the top of your vertical piece, you use the other “washer” to attach to the horizontal. Unless you’re looking for it, it’s nearly invisible. Wonderful! Watch the video below to learn the simple steps to use the figure-eight fasteners, then imagine where they will fit in your next project!

David Thiel

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