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Michigander

214 posts in 1885 days


10-13-2015 03:54 PM

I have completed the crib for my first grandson made to the Wood Magazine 3 in 1 crib plans. The plan for the bed itself was well done except it calls for using connector bolts and barrel nut system made by Products America. These are long bolts with a 1/4-20 thread that gets screwed into these little barrel nuts. The good news is I got 6 of the 8 nuts and bolts assembled which took over 3 hours of fiddling in the shop. The last 2 absolutely refuse to assemble. I had my son in law help me and he said he would just keep the baby bed assembled and never convert it to the juvenile bed or the adult bed if he had to use the barrel nuts. I don’t blame him a bit as there is no way a normal human can assemble this bed. Now in defense of the manufacturer, there is nothing wrong with the product but my ability to drill accurate holes is nowhere near what is required for this bolt system though I used a drill press and drill fixtures to drill all the holes.
So now my dilemma. How to assemble this bed using a system that mere mortals can use. For instance I would expect my daughter to be able to assemble the bed with minimal tools in 15 to 20 minutes.
Any ideas to help me salvage 6 months work?
I appreciate your help.
Best Regards,
John


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 10-13-2015 04:11 PM

Which issue was that in? I’d like to look at the plans.

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#2 posted 10-13-2015 04:15 PM

I purchased the plans from Wood Magazine. I think $15.00. I think the site is Woodstore.net.

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#3 posted 10-13-2015 04:20 PM

I found the article, Nov. 2006 issue 173. Let me ask (sometimes the magazine article is better than the plans). The article had some tips on aligning the crossbolts for assembly and possibly some other stuff (i didn’t read the whole thing). Do the plans have that as well? I did see the precision needed, it is considerable…the article also had some tips for drilling those holes.

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#4 posted 10-13-2015 04:36 PM

Yes, the plans had tips for installing the barrels, like using adhesive gum to position the barrel. I could write a book on tips on how to do this. The problem is I obviously have a hole or two that are not perfect. I don’t do perfect so I’m thrilled I got 6 of 8 to go together. As an woodworker with an engineering background I can appreciate the need for precision. However, even of everything lines up perfectly the system is a pain in the neck to use. I want this bed to be used for 100 years, I can’t imagine someone in the future trying to reassemble this using these barrel nuts. By the way I purchased extra long 1”) barrel nuts from Lie Neilson and they are only marginally better. What is needed is a barrel nut that extends out the bottom of the hole so you can hold it by hand and feel if the thread is started.
However, that is a solution for someone who wants to use barrel nuts. I’m looking for something easier to use.
John

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#5 posted 10-13-2015 04:45 PM

Well, at this point I can’t think of anything that would make it simpler. I think there might have been some alternate hardware (maybe) that might have made it a little easier but it’s not a retro fit thing. I can understand your frustration, about all I have is empathy for your situation. The other thought: can you make the imperfect holes a little larger for more wiggle room, maybe 1/16” or 3/32”? (and would that help?)

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