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Old 03-01-2009, 06:57 PM   #1
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Carriage bolts and wood


Am I just a serious amateur or what? I am building bunk beds and plan to use carriage bolts. Do I just pound the square into the wood and hope it bites good? I guess I could just try it on some scraps. I'm using regular SPF lumber.

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with the proper hole for that particular bolt, it will start to grab when the bolt is being pulled in by the nut being tightened.

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When I built my picnic table I bought a washer that fits the square head of the bolt. It then had 2 cut outs that were perpendicular to the washer & would stick into the wood. This would stop the bolt from turning - but not if it was really soft wood or you applied too much force

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Just tap it into the hole to start seating the square, the nut will draw it in.

Added: For bunk beds, use acorn nuts or a forsner bit to make a recess for a regular nut, flat and lock washer.
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Scuba Dave has posted your answer. I would use them as recomended. Hey Scuba Dave, got a link to where to buy them? Dorf Dude...
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I've always bought them at Home Depot - big box DIY store
On my picnic table I also recessed the nuts on the opposite side
I bought bolts that ended up flush with the wood
Nice clean look, but I was dealing with 2x so I had room to recess
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http://www.mcfeelys.com/torque-washers

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