Making wooden tarp clips
Something like a "tarp clip" as sold by Lee Valley Tools and others would do the job, but because this was for indoors, I figured I could make some clips out of wood instead.
I used my pantorouter with the dovetail template still on it to space out the holes.
Each clip has a slot cut up to the hole. I first thought of using my tenon jig to cut these, but the pieces were too short to mount on the jig. Not needing that much accuracy, it was easier to just jig these up on my table saw sled instead. No clamping, just holding the piece of wood against a block I clamped to the sled.
The pins are 2.5x2.5 pieces of wood, chamfered on all edges with a hand plane.
The way the clips work is to fold over the edge of the cloth, then put the pin in the hole. The thicker pin prevents the cloth from getting pulled out of the hole. Depending on how tight the pin is, it's conceivable that the fabric might pull around the pin eventually, though with a folded over seam on the edge of the cloth, it's too thick to make its way around the pin.
Only aftewards did I look up the cost of tarp clips. They cost around $2 each! Having made 40 of them (and probably more to come), I guess I just saved $80 right there. Not bad.
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