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Old 04-30-2016, 09:27 PM
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mounting and driling bed bolt holes

How do you drill the bed bolt holes next to the side beds. Any tips or tricks to doing this? I have a 1955 ford f100.

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I placed the boards in place and marked and center punched them then drilled them out on my drill press using a Forstner bit to get clean crisp holes without wandering..
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Hi 56panelford. I was thinking the same way. My idea was to place a strap around the sides. Also using a level until both sides are straight. But my question is the bolt opening on the bed has a square pattern for carriage bolts. Should I use carriage bolts or bolt with a mushroom head?

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My kit came with polished stainless steel carriage bolts Jerry. You could likely use the button head bolts but the carriage would make it easier to tighten the nuts from underneath unless you have someone to help you..
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I have carriage bolts. But my question is how do you allow for square part of carriage bolt into the wood?
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I have carriage bolts. But my question is how do you allow for square part of carriage bolt into the wood?
Use a Mortising bit in the drill press.
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I have carriage bolts. But my question is how do you allow for square part of carriage bolt into the wood?
You drill 3/8" holes for the side boards, the bolts are 5/16". The square under the head of the bolt barely touches the wood. All other bolt go between the boards through the skid strips.
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Or you just drill the appropriate size hole and use a regular chisel to trim the upper edges square. Or begin each hole with a 3/8" bit to about an 1/8" deep then finish with a 5/16" bit. If you make the hole big and deep then the sheet metal gets bent as it's pulled into the hole by the bolt.
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You drill them out 3/8 all the way so you have a bit of wiggle room and don't worry about the squared section of the bolt..
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Or you can buy one of those new square hole bits at Harbor Freight.
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wil drill out holes with a 3/8 drill.

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You do not have to make any special allowances for the square shoulder of the carriage bolt. First off, the holes that you drill for the side-most bolts should be a tad bigger than the 5/16 bolt shaft. I forget what I used, but it was probably at least 21/64" or 11/32". The square shoulder on the carriage bolts will fit into these holes.
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I drilled mine out with the same size bit as the bolt, I am not sure of the size. Then I putnpaint in the holemto protect the wood. Two nights ago I started to put the bed boards in place. The holes in the boards lined up with the holes in the side panels, except one was a little bit off. I could not get the bolts in place! So I drilled the holes bigger. About the paint? I said screw it, the two end boards were pressure treated and I have been messing with this bed so long I put the bolts in with out paint in the holes!
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