Barrel Nuts...

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Blog entry by BigD1 posted 12-24-2011 09:34 AM 9157 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have purchased from Lee Valley, the Barrel Nut and Bolt combo, that is used for work bench assembly. I have used them on a bed I am making at the moment. I received a 6” hex bolt (standard 1/2 inch coarse thread) with a 25mm x 25mm brass barrel nut….or a 1 inch x 1 inch brass barrel nut. Where can I purchase the barrel nut only, in the same size, and the same material. I don’t need the bolt. I can buy truck loads of bolts any where. I have looked all over the internet…..can’t find my size. There are all kinds of 1/4-20 barrel nuts by the truck load. Please help if you can. Thanks….BigD1

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 09:42 AM

not sure if we both think barrel nut is the same article, but try here

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 06:32 PM

The barrel nut is also known as a dowel nut and some people call them connector bolt nuts, but you are
right about the bigger ones being hard to find. I have made my own using low carbon-grade 2- bolts,
since they are usually hidden inside the wood, I never worried about the brass bit.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 08:50 AM

I know all about those barrel nuts from Sing-One-Low. And yes I would take a steel barrel nut also. And yes they are also called a SEX NUT….who knows why…...Just not having any luck in finding what I need. I’ll just keep trying. Thanks.

-- Donald Baty

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 01:49 AM

Big D; here is a link to a page on Evanfall Woodworks web site with a good discussion about cross dowel joinery. There are a number of links to sources for the bolts. The 25mm from Highland Woodworking does not have a standard thread.

I had a source for 3/8” & 1/2” barrel nuts but can’t seem to find it now.

It was woodpeckers.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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