Assembling Perpetual Plaques

Through trial and error, I have learned the best method and tools for the job - so you don't have to.

Custom perpetual plaque assembly includes applying the header plate, drilling holes, and attaching all the plates.

The drill bit I use is 1/16 of an inch. After taping the template on the plaque, drill all your holes. You only need a starter hole, so you don’t need to drill deep. A hole about 1/16 of an inch deep is enough. Tape on the drill can act as a stopper.

I find most screwdrivers that fit these small screws are not ideal for applying a dozen or more plates. I have found a screwdriver with a longer handle and a screw holder. Unfortunately, the screw holder doesn’t hold plaque screws because the head is so small. I have not found an affordable power screwdriver either. In my opinion, the best plaque plate screwdrivers in both regular and Phillips heads are offered by Craftsman and Greenlee.

Leave protective film on all plates to prevent scratching during and after attachment.

-Bob Hagel, Eagle’s Mark

Bob Hagel

Bob Hagel and his wife Dana offered a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sandcarving, and full-color UV direct print on products for nearly 20 years. The pair sold their 17-year-business Eagle’s Mark Awards & Signs in September 2020. Bob remains an expert in the awards, recognition, and signage industries while he enjoys retirement.

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