It seems every day brings a new plastic cabinetry joinery system. The latest I’ve tried originated from the UK, and it’s called
Button-Fix gets its name from the
round, button-shaped connector that is
at the heart of the system. The buttons
mate with a variety of other fixtures to
create secure cabinet and panel joinery
that snaps together. The buttons and
fixtures themselves are attached to
parts with screws, and alignment tools
are provided to make installation precise without need for CNC machines or
Just a snap
Grooves in the edge of the button mate
with flanges in the joinery fixtures to
create a snap lock when two parts are
pressed together. For extra strength,
some of the fixtures are designed so
they can be inlet into oval rebates that
could be cut with a router and jig or
programmed to be cut on a CNC.
Some of the fixtures are designed
for parallel panels, so they would be
great for use on cabinet end panels or
for decorative architectural panels. You
would simply locate the panel and slide it
to snap the fasteners and lock it in place.
For 90-degree joinery applications,
the button on one part slides into the
claw-shaped fixture on the mating
part. Again, just a snap is all it takes to
lock the part in place.
How does it work?
One of the handy things available with
Button-Fix are parts that have pin
locaters. You simply install one half of a
joint then use the pin locaters to press
into the mating part, showing exactly
where screws need to go. Buttons are
also available for use with screws used
for 32mm system holes.
We found there was some slop in a
single joint, but the addition of more
Button-Fix fasteners added measurably
to the strength and durability of the
joinery, particularly when 90-degree
cabinet joinery was involved.
Because the system requires no
special tools, it is definitely worth
considering for small shops without
CNC, but it might also be attractive for
CNC capable shops. The fasteners are
available from several distributors in
North America, including Lee Valley
and Hafele. For more info, visit www.
by Will Sampson
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Button-Fix: New plastic joinery system
Simple fixtures and alignment tools make connections easy.
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William Sampson is a lifelong
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The Button-Fix plastic fastener system
includes a variety of button-shaped
fasteners and mating plates, as well as
In a 90-degree joint, the Button-Fix
button snaps into a claw-shaped