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10-21-2016 07:38 PM

Hi,

I’m looking for a big screw, a really big screw and I’m hoping someone here might know somewhere I can get it. I’ve attached a picture because I’ve already been in arguments with retailers trying to tell me that thing I’m looking for doesn’t exist, so here it is. It’s a slotted wood screw, 3/8” diameter by 3-1/2” long, and it’s from an antique dentist chair that I’m refurbishing.

I’ve checked McMaster’s, Mcfeely’s, Amazon did a general Google check and came up with nothing. You fine people are my last hope to find a supplier before I find a machinist to mill me the two I need.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestion!

ciao

Chris


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#1 posted 10-21-2016 07:49 PM

My guess is that it is a #24 screw, and I found some in Phillips head. I’d bet you can find them in slotted, but it may take some effort. They won’t be cheap, but that may not be a problem. Search for #24×3 1/2” flat head wood screw.

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 07:57 PM

Thanks Fred! I’ll take a look.

Is there a conversion chart somewhere? Fractions to #size?

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 08:26 PM

I have a handful that look just like that from an old piece of furniture I dismantled. Various lengths. How many (and what length) do you need. I could mail you a few.

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#5 posted 10-21-2016 08:34 PM



Thanks Fred! I ll take a look.

Is there a conversion chart somewhere? Fractions to #size?

- chrisd


Take a look here, page down a little for the chart.

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#6 posted 10-21-2016 08:37 PM

Talk to a guy who does piano repairs. They have screws like that and they might have some extra on hand or know where to order them.

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#7 posted 10-21-2016 08:39 PM

Thanks Joe! Very kind of you!

I need two #24’s (3/8” diameter) x 3.5” long

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#8 posted 10-21-2016 08:52 PM

$2 a piece here: Blacksmith Bolt and Rivet Supply
There are others… that was just the first one that popped up that was slotted instead of phillips.

Cheers,
Brad

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#9 posted 10-21-2016 08:56 PM



Thanks Joe! Very kind of you!

I need two #24 s (3/8” diameter) x 3.5” long

- chrisd

I’ll run out to the shop and measure. Hopefully I can come up a couple. Gimmie a bit and I’ll post what I find.

Oh dont go ordering any, ‘cause you wont have to pay for these!

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#10 posted 10-21-2016 10:21 PM

OK, I’ve got a few 4”, half a dozen 2”, and ONE 2.5”. Can you make do with any of these?

Perhaps you could cut the 4” ones down with a grinder?

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#11 posted 10-21-2016 10:31 PM



OK, I ve got a few 4”, half a dozen 2”, and ONE 2.5”. Can you make do with any of these?

Perhaps you could cut the 4” ones down with a grinder?

- JoeinGa

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#12 posted 10-21-2016 11:26 PM


Perhaps you could cut the 4” ones down with a grinder?
- JoeinGa

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#13 posted 10-22-2016 12:46 AM

I just pulled 4 of those exact same screws out of an old table that was used for a Craftsman 109 metal lathe. On second thought…..maybe yours are heavier? Anyway, Here they are.

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#14 posted 10-22-2016 07:57 PM

Hey, sorry for the delay.

@Quanter – Yea, I think mine are beefier then the ones in your pic. Mine are 3/8” in diameter, what are those?

@Joe – I’m might be able to use the 4”ers. Thanks!

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#15 posted 10-22-2016 08:10 PM

Mine are 1/4” I believe

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