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Offline mcooley

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Striplox Review / 90 degree knockdown connectors
« on: December 20, 2017, 11:22 AM »
I recently purchased these for a client's tradeshow piece. I needed a knockdown connector system and did not have the option of using Festool's 700 series connectors, nor, did I like the idea of various aftermarket designs. One key component here is longevity and a system with no tools required.

http://www.joinlox.com/striplox90/

The 90 Right Angle Joiner is a well made nylon plastic fastener that simply slides into place. Each mating pair requires screws to fasten into the material being joined. Once joined the pieces are held square to each other.

When I first got these I did not see the very small faint "lock icon" engraved in the fastener. This is helpful because instead of sliding the locking piece all the way through the length of the connectors one simply starts halfway where the "unlock icon" lines up with the small scribe line. Once those are lined up one simply pushes the piece across halfway until the "lock icon" lines up with the same scribe line. Note, the piece will not slide the entire length of the fastener.

The quality of construction of these units feels robust and not fragile. The price is competitive running at about $4 a piece. One note in order to get a tight right angle with no movement I found putting in Dominos to be the way to go. They hold the two planes square at 90 degrees while you fasten the connectors to the boards themselves. It makes the whole process much more streamlined and gives whoever is assembling and disassembling these things some needed support and help with alignment. That said the connectors themselves do the job and do not allow any movement afterwards.

Lastly, because the connectors simply pull away from each other in the direction of where you put the Dominos then there is no conflict with removing each plane of board. They fit like a 3D puzzle.

I would recommend these if you already have a Domino 500 and need a relatively hidden but not invisible knockdown connector system. They don't look too obtrusive and for tradeshow or other commercial applications these are a good knockdown solution.

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Offline fshanno

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Re: Striplox Review / 90 degree knockdown connectors
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 12:23 AM »
I assume that something in the snap on piece draws the panels together.  And the friction of the dominos in their mortises doesn't impede that I assume.  What width mortises?
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Offline Gregor

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Re: Striplox Review / 90 degree knockdown connectors
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 03:35 AM »
While the domino connectors need an allen key to lock they have the upside of the pieces staying flat for transport on corner connections (as nothing protrudes to the side), while the striplox removes the ability to flat pack the parts (unless you wantto screw them on at after unpacking, which will take longer than using the domino connectors and also need tools).