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post #1 of 7 Old 10-26-2019, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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affixing metal bed frame to wood headboard posts

I am looking for hardware to affix a standard angle-iron queen bedframe to the two wooden posts (3" square) on the white oak bed headboard I have just finished fabricating. The iron bed frame has standard pre-drilled holes for this purpose. I would rather not use hex head screws because over the decades with multiple dis- and re-assemblies, the threads in the wood will wear out. I would rather not bolt the headboard all way through since this seems inelegant. One option is to drill a hole part way into the inside side of each wooden post at the level of the iron frame pre-drilled holes for inserting a metal dowel with a tapped screw hole in it, and drill another hole in the post from the front of the post at the same level, all to insert a bolt to affix the metal frame. Any ideas about hardware available for this purpose, or other ways to affix the headboard.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-26-2019, 05:14 PM
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Rockler has several styles of rail/headboard attachments.

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When I did this I just used through bolts.


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Through-bolts in the headboard are literally invisible unless you lift the mattress.

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Have you looked for threaded wood inserts? Something like this.

https://www.rockler.com/hex-drive-th...ts-choose-size

Once they are installed you can use a regular bolt to attach the side rails.
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Thank you all! I think, as some of you have suggested, I will use a through bolt with the lock-nut countersunk 1/2" on the backside using a larger diameter drill hole. As a few of you said, this will not show on the back of the headboard.
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I am looking for hardware to affix a standard angle-iron queen bedframe to the two wooden posts (3" square) on the white oak bed headboard I have just finished fabricating. The iron bed frame has standard pre-drilled holes for this purpose. I would rather not use hex head screws because over the decades with multiple dis- and re-assemblies, the threads in the wood will wear out. I would rather not bolt the headboard all way through since this seems inelegant. One option is to drill a hole part way into the inside side of each wooden post at the level of the iron frame pre-drilled holes for inserting a metal dowel with a tapped screw hole in it, and drill another hole in the post from the front of the post at the same level, all to insert a bolt to affix the metal frame. Any ideas about hardware available for this purpose, or other ways to affix the headboard.
They make slot hangers for such. Tom

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