Installing Bed Bolts

Traditional bed bolts are forged to have a square-drive head that flares out, creating a broad bearing surface on the wood. Regular bolts employ a washer for the same effect. To install both types of bolt, drill a counterbored hole through the bedpost and into the rail, where it meets either a nut embedded in the rail (for the traditional bed bolt) or a nut and washer in a recess. The bolt alone is not enough to hold the rail securely and to prevent rotation, so either a shallow mortise and tenon or a pair of dowels is needed to complete the glueless joint.

A modern approach is to use bolts and washers with barrel nuts. This approach does not require a special wrench. Alignment of the drilled holes, however, is critical, and barrel nuts that are large enough to use with %6-in. or 3/s-in. bolts often require IVi-in.-thick rails. There are many approaches to dealing with the bolt hole in the post: The simplest is to treat it as part of a quality joint and to leave it exposed. More likely, you'll want to conceal it, either with a brass cover screwed to the bedpost above the bolt hole 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.

Nut Bolt Bed

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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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  • cassandra
    How to install home bed bolts?
    8 years ago
  • luca
    What are bed bolts and embedded square nuts or barrel nuts?
    6 years ago
  • janina
    How to instal bed bolts?
    1 year ago

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