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Monty151

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 01:32 PM


Thank you! Now having googled “galling” and done some reading, this is exactly what happened. Great to know, had no idea stainless was the wrong choice. I just assumed it was a bit more insurance and pleasant on the eye.

Now I just need to think of a way to cut these nuts out of a 2 inch deep hole so I don t have to remake the stretchers.

- Fezz

If you ve got a Tractor Supply, or a local store that sells several different grades of bolts, buy the costy ones, and you won t have much of a problem going forward. The bulk hardware is getting softer, and cheaper by the day. If you really don t need hardware it works just fine, but if you need something strong to pull parts together, or remain sound while holding back a bit of force, the shiny ones hardly work. Go for the dull black or grey stuff, and you will be good.

The head will have 6 radial lines on the cap, those are Grade 8, which are medium carbon alloy steel, quenched and tempered. Working strength is 150,000 PSI. Some places call that Grade G. No Galling there.

The SS will be ok in wet conditions, but unless you are doing water woodworking you should be ok with non SS and a shot of oil.

- therealSteveN


Tell me more about this water woodworking you speak of.


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