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Forum topic by Mark posted 04-24-2018 08:47 PM 765 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2018 08:47 PM

After noon all. I’m thinking of ordering the bed bolt package from Rockler. Can any one tell me how long the 5/16” threaded insert is? My bed legs are 1-7/8” thick. Pretty sure they’re not that long, but I’d Like to be sure.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-25-2018 03:37 AM

If by insert, you mean the barrel nut, I believe they are 1 1/4” long. You mention the legs are 1 7/8” thick. The barrel nut should be inserted into the side rail and the bolt goes through the leg. Maybe I’m not understanding how you intend to install them.

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#2 posted 04-25-2018 03:40 PM

maybe you can watch this video : :<))

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#3 posted 04-25-2018 03:47 PM

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#4 posted 04-25-2018 09:46 PM

thanks for the response gents.
GR8.& Waho. I have seen that video. Much the same as the bolts from Lee Valley that Waho pointed out. I didn’t want to use those as your stuck with a big hole you have to cover with either a metal disc or…bondo?
However I did a bit more research on the Rockler site and I see the inserts are 1” long, so I thought I was good to go till I figured out shipping and handling for 8 bolts. Crap!
Have to figure out a plan B.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-25-2018 11:20 PM

Haha that’s when you just have to order more stuff to make it worth while!

I thought I was good to go till I figured out shipping and handling for 8 bolts. Crap!
Have to figure out a plan B.

- Mark

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#6 posted 04-25-2018 11:51 PM

Have you considered the inset rail fasteners on Rockler? I’ve used both the bed bolts and the rail fasteners. I prefer the bolts but that is because I don’t mind the bolt covers on the legs. The fasteners are really solid too.

If you subscriber to their email you get free shipping on orders over $35 and no tax. Not a bad deal if you can get an order together to meet the minimum.

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#7 posted 04-26-2018 10:14 PM

I see the rail fastener is about the same price as the bed rail connection system, which is what I want. Didn’t know about the free shipping deal. I’ll have to look into that as I’ll need 2 sets. Thank you for the excellent tip Earl.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 04-27-2018 12:51 PM

I used those rail fasteners on my bed project, and in hindsight I wish I’d gone with bolts. The rail fasteners allow just a bit of side to side motion, which unfortunately produces squeaks or rattles. If it were bolts, I could tighten them up to eliminate any kind of play in the joint.

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