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Baby Furniture #5: Setbacks/lessons learned/question

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Blog entry by Kevin posted 07-14-2008 04:11 PM 1047 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well,

I must say this has been a learning experience. Unfortunately I had to make a mistake to learn from it. From now on I will never attempt a project without having the hardware ahead of time. Not a big deal sometimes, but on a crib, it turned out to be a big deal.

I designed my crib myself, and halfway through building it, decided to change hardware types. Of course, the legs were already cut for the original idea. Last night I started planning down some more Walnut to make two new legs. I will also need to make a couple new pieces for the front “gate” and cut all of the sides down by about 1/2”. My wife and I thought we would be putting on the Poly this week. Silly us. Back to the drawing board.

What I learned:

1) don’t get impatient, it will only cost you more time in the end
2) take the time to finish the drawings first and if you want to change something, change it in the drawings before the wood
3) get the hardware ahead of time so you will have the exact measurements and mounting requirements
4) even when you screw it all up and feel like throwing it against the wall, remember, it is still better than a day at work

Question: I am using cross dowels from Rockler to bolt the back to the legs. http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=367 We want to be able to break it down.
The legs are 1 3/4” thick and the bolt will go through them and into the back. My question is how long of bolt should I use? Basically how far in from the edge should the cross dowel nut sit?

Thanks,

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas



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Russel

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#1 posted 07-14-2008 04:24 PM

I would expect the cross dowel nut should sit at least 1/2 – 3/4 from the edge. I imagine you could get away with less, but my gut feel says you’ll sleep better with a longer bolt. I’ve used threaded inserts in the past, and they go in about 3/8 or so, but I like the bolt to go beyond that when possible.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#2 posted 07-14-2008 04:58 PM

I was thinking about the 2 3/4” bolts. That would give me an inch of bolt in the back and would have about 5/8” of bearing infront of the nut.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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#3 posted 07-14-2008 07:30 PM

Sounds somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 … I like your thinking. ;-) As long as you can snug the back up tight to the legs, you should be good to go. I’ve never used those cross dowels before, I’ll have to give them a try.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#4 posted 07-14-2008 09:21 PM

I haven’t used them before either, but I’ve seen them used a few times. I’ll be sure to let you know how they work.

Now I just have to wait another week for them to show up.

-- Kevin, Wichita, Kansas

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