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invisible panel clips

Bob Member

I need to make removable back panel for kitchen island that electrician can have access to fan (cook top and lit up fan will be installed in island)
Any idea what I can use for invisible panel clips? I was thinking to use magnets.
Any suggestions will help

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5/8/15       #2: invisible panel clips ...
james mcgrew Member

I would consider a) french cleat B) z clip or C) the Star hanger. all would need 3/8 to 1/2 rise


5/8/15       #3: invisible panel clips ...


Lamello Tenso P-14s could work in this application. They're designed to be used with adhesive as a clamping element, but I've used them for valances, scribes, etc. The panel could be popped on directly from the outside. I think if you kept the first connector kind of far up from the bottom edge of the panel, you'd have enough purchase to pull it off from there. They clamp with about 35lbs. of pressure.


5/8/15       #4: invisible panel clips ...
james mcgrew Member


Chris, will the Lamello allow for periodic removal for maintenance ?

On another note can you email me my wonderful Hoffman lasted a good 12+ years and needs a motor switch ?

5/8/15       #5: invisible panel clips ...
Bob Member

French cleat won't work . This is full size gable and don't have any Clarence
Same for lamelo . It looks that is not removable

5/8/15       #6: invisible panel clips ...
james mcgrew Member

I use magnets often on lots of things,, may work but over a long time you may need to have a support to keep them from sagging and replace them in some years,

with a 3/8" clearance it cannot be planed as a reveal,, it has to function ?

5/8/15       #7: invisible panel clips ...


Haha, wrong "Hoffman", I don't have anything to do with their machines. I did see a "Hofmann" shaper (spelled the "right" way) the other day in another shop. Guy said it's basically the best shaper in the world - I'd never heard of 'em (maybe they're distant cousins of mine...)

Anyway, yes the panel could be removed. I would replace the elements with fresh ones when you put the panel back on though. Like I said, they're designed to be used as clamping elements with glue and the plastic will develop a memory in the clipped (open) position over time. Doesn't matter once the glue has set of course. Can be used in apps like scribes or valances without glue, and in this panel scenario. So, when the panel comes off (which I imagine isn't going to happen very much), just slide out the first set of connectors and slide in new ones. Takes about 2 seconds.

5/8/15       #8: invisible panel clips ...


Put in the wrong website last time....

5/8/15       #9: invisible panel clips ...
Bob Member

I was thinking about using magnets on for corners and to protect from sagging drill and insert 4 pins in corners

5/10/15       #10: invisible panel clips ...

Look at keku clips from hafele.

5/11/15       #11: invisible panel clips ...

Bill beat me to it, but KEKU is what you need.

They're used all the time in Germany to do what you are describing.

Cheap, and no special tooling required !

5/17/15       #12: invisible panel clips ...

I haven't ever used this product from Sugatsune but it might work for your application if you haven't already found a solution.


7/14/15       #13: invisible panel clips ...
Charles Porter


Star Hanger Systems makes an insert fastener called the Blue Zero that receives a steel screw.
Panels can be pushed straight into place with zero reveal required. The inserts fit into a 1" hole. They take about 10 pounds to push on, and about 25 pound to pull off. They are make for repeated use.

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