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How to Install Clavos The Right Way

If you are in the process of makingrustic updates to your home or furniture, you can’t forget aboutclavos

Clavos are a type of fastener with a nail-like stem. They are as decorative as they are useful, and installation is simple…when done correctly.

In this guide, we provide a quick and easy process for installing clavos the right way.

Where Can Clavos Be Installed?

Clavos can be installed on most wooden surfaces where a traditional nail is installed. A few common areas where you might find clavos include:

Install Clavos in 6 Easy Steps

The following steps can be used to install clavos on any wooden surface.

Step 1: Gather Tools

Clavos Rubber Mallet Measuring Tape

Step 2: Plan Placement

Use your measuring tape to determine clavo placement on the installation surface, and mark the location with a pencil.

Many doors, gates, cabinets, and shutters are designed with recesses or indented panels. These elements create a natural division on the surface, making them ideal locations for clavo placement. For example, centering and installing a clavo between two vertical panels on a wooden door creates a visually appealing symmetry.

Considerations for strap hinges

When installing clavos withstrap hinges, it is essential to avoid interfering with the hinge’s functionality. To ensure proper operation and peak appearance, attach the clavos to the hinge's non-moving parts—often called ‘leaves’—attached to the door or surface.

Step 3: Drill Pilot Holes

Next, drill pilot holes at the marked locations. For a secure fit, use a drill bit slightly smaller in diameter than the clavo stem. 

The depth of the pilot hole should also be a bit less than the length of the clavo stem. This ensures the clavos have enough material to latch onto for a reliable hold.

For example, if the clavo stem is one inch long, you might drill the pilot hole about ⅞ of an inch deep.

Why are pilot holes necessary?

  1. Without a pilot hole, the stem of the clavo can snap off during installation.
  2. Pilot holes prevent the wooden installation site from splitting.
  3. Pilot holes ensure the clavo is installed exactly in the pre-marked location.

Step 4: Install the Clavos

Align the clavo stem with the pilot hole and tap the clavo into place with a rubber mallet.

Pro Tip: It is crucial to avoid using a hammer to install clavos. These fasteners are chosen for their aesthetic value, but a hammer can damage their appearance during installation.

Step 5: Check Alignment Periodically

Periodically check the alignment and spacing of the clavos as you install them. Doing so allows you to make changes quickly and avoid significant adjustments after installation is complete.

Step 6: Final Evaluation

With your period checks throughout installation, you should be free of any significant changes once installation is complete. Still, do a final look-over to confirm proper alignment and ensure the clavos are secure and flush with the installation surface.

Final Words

There you have it: an easy guide on how to install clavos correctly!Contact Wild West Hardware today for further support or to inquire about our other high-quality rustic hardware.