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Forum topic by Mark posted 07-02-2018 04:23 PM 518 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2018 04:23 PM

Is i’m finally starting to move forward on the bed project. It amazes me how busy I am doing nothing. I’ve decided to go with through bolts to secure the legs to the side rails. The bolt heads will be covered by faux tenons. The legs are 1 7/8 thick, the rails are 1 5/8 X 8 1/2”. After much searching I find there is no standard practice regarding 1 or 2 bolts, 5/16 vs 3/8” dia. So I’m thinking of either 1) 2-5/16 bolts with a 4 1/2” X 3/4”tenon. Or 2) 1-3/8” bolt with a 7 X 3/4” tenon. I’m concerned the hole for the top 5/16 nut may be too close to the top of the rail (3/4”). Any thoughts or suggestions would be great. Thanks

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-02-2018 04:53 PM

I’m a bit confused about your design. I see holes in the face of the side rail. I assume those are to access the nut. If that’s the case, then it’s a conventional design. I’d use two bolts per connection.

Why not make the tenon larger and just drill through it for the bolt holes?

Also, your bolt lengths seem way too short to me. Aren’t you bolting through the legs and into the rails? You’d need like 4-6” bolts for that, depending on the leg thickness.

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#2 posted 07-02-2018 05:03 PM

Thanks for the response Jonah. It’s 2 3/4” from the edge of the side rail to the hole for the nut. Plus the 1 7/8” leg. I’m thinking about a 5 1/2” bolt. But the longer tenon is a good thought. My apologies for the tiny pics. Disregard the back end of the side rails. Thoughts that went nowhere.

-- Mark

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