|Review by Tadd||posted 12-22-2010 12:42 AM||11352 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
While building a bed for my wife, I struggled with how to connect the bed rails to the headboard and the footboard. I stumbled on this new product from Rockler.
The connection hardware uses a threaded insert that is screwed into the headboard and footboard. A mating bolt is then screwed into the insert. You have to drill a hole through the rail to another hole drilled perpendicullarly into the rail. A nut and a curved washer tighten the rail to the headboard or footboard.
The hardware did what I wanted. It connected the rail to the headboard/footboard, the hardware is hidden, and the nut can be tightened later if need be. Why the three stars?
First, the directions are not good. I ended up drilling the long hole in the rail to small. It wasn’t until trying to assemble the bed in a dry fit did I realize that the hole is supposed to be big enough to accomodate the nut, which is screwed on the bolt before passing the bolt throught the hole.
Second, the little wrench provided with the hardware is a joke. It is too small and does not drip the nut like you would want. As a result, I cannot get the rail to tighten up totally agains the headboard or footboard.
Finally, I think the nut is aluminum because it got really chewed up. While I do not plan on moving the bed, if the nut gots any worse, taking the bed apart (which is a supposed benefit of this design) may be problematic.
Overall, the system works but could definitely be improved.
-- Tadd, Denver, http://patentcraftsman.com/