, letter file
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letter files, wash basin or bucket, grey cardboard, black paper, glue, stanley
knife, superglue, a pair of tongs, nipper, scissors, punch plier, clothes-peg, a
metal ruler, thin wire, thin metal sheet (tin, aluminium, old cans, etc.).
2,5 mm; ø indicates diameter of a round object.
by soaking the old files in a bucket or wash basin filled with water. After a
while the paper will loosen – peal it off and rinse under running water and
paper from old letter files.
= 52 mm, height = 26 mm.
The spine of the file will be 6 mm width.
two lines, on the cardboard to mark the spine of the file, with a knife.
Bend the two panels (front and back cover) inwards to form the file and sharpen the folds.
uniformly the paper with glue.
the paper around the back and front panel, while the cardboard file is closed.
the file, squeeze together cardboard and paper and press to avoid air bubbles.
away excess paper.
the file closed with light pressure until the glue is dry.
glue the spine cover
black paper 9 mm width, as 1-1,5 mm is folded towards the front and back panel.
As before it is important to keep the file closed while you glue the black paper
to the spine.
away surplus paper at the top and bottom. Let dry, use a clothes-peg to keep the
file closed until the glue is dried.
a hole with punch pliers (size 2,
the smallest is size 1) or with a die cutter.
bottom of the hole is made 3 mm from the bottom of the file spine. If you want
to make several letter files of exactly the same size – it is a good idea to
make a template for cutting the holes.
a ring of thin metal wire (f. ex. the inside of an electric wire) use a round
stick or round tongs. The ring should not be bigger than it can be pressed and
fit into the hole.
ring made on a pair of round shaped tongs.
the wire off with a pair of nippers.
If you want to fill the file with A4 paper sheets in scale 1:12,
and a clip to hold down the paper, you need to place paper and paper
holder/clip before you glue the horseshoe shaped shackle.
the picture you see how small the pieces for making a paper clip is.
Horseshoe shaped shackle
Bottom with holes punched in corners
Metal item to be placed between shackle
The finished paper clip
4 holes in the corners of the thin metal sheet using a sewing needle/awl etc.
shaped wires – fitting the above holes, are made with a screwdriver etc. (Ø
the screwdriver as a range finder under the horseshoe, turn around the sheet
the wires, so they don’t fall off.
the wires to the holes with a little drip of superglue, use a sewing needle/awl
to dispense the glue.
off the ends when the glue is dry.
the metal item (see fig. 5 on the drawing) between the two horseshoes, length
dependent on the distance between the horseshoes.
lock release is made from the same thin wire, se drawing fig. 4.
paper lock - to hold the paper, see drawing fig. 2.
filling placed in the letter file.
Sticker for the letter file spine 1:1 click