Installing Bed Bolts

Drill the bolt hole. After drilling through the post into the tenon, remove the post and complete the hole to its full depth.

A recess for the nut. Use a plunge router and a straight bit to cut a mortise on the inside of the rail.

Drill the bolt hole. After drilling through the post into the tenon, remove the post and complete the hole to its full depth.

A recess for the nut. Use a plunge router and a straight bit to cut a mortise on the inside of the rail.

Locate the nut. Fit a tenon into the mortise, insert the bolt, and give it a sharp tap to leave an indentation (left). Drill a hole at the mark and inset the nut into the tenon. Glue the tenon into the rail with the nut facing away from the post (right), and trim it flush.

or with a simple mushroom-shaped wooden plug, although the latter tends to work its way loose.

A new bed bolt. Traditional bed bolts (rear) have stood the test of time, but newer bolts with barrel nuts (front) are easier to install. Simply drill a hole on the inside face of the rail and drop in the barrel nut.

Installing Bed Bolts

One tight joint.

After cutting the tenon flush with the rail, insert the bolt through the post and crank it tight with the bed-bolt wrench.

One tight joint.

After cutting the tenon flush with the rail, insert the bolt through the post and crank it tight with the bed-bolt wrench.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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