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Detachable Changing table for crib

I'm beginning a build of a crib for my son. I plan on an adjustable bed height and a detachable changing table. I'll build the crib to be able to break down for transport. But I want to have the changing table tie into the crib for stability. I plan to hand this down through the family as it is needed so here is the question:

Does anyone know of a great mechanical connector that is both durable and also easy to use as my family members aren't as nearly as "handy" as myself.

I've toyed with the idea of a counter top joint bolt, but can't seem to wrap my head around the application.

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I think you'll need to elaborate a bit on your concept.

counter top bolts are intended to hold two flat pieces - which are supported along their length - together at the abutting edge. so indeed, how to use in this application is a smidge puzzling.

I did a swing up table - from an end - basic concept:
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The changing table will be free standing and full height of the top rail of the crib. It will have drawers in the front and shelves to the side. looking for a fastener to join the to for stability. Does this help?
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if you are making both crib and changing table, the options are near limitless.

personally I would go with bolting them together. nuts&bolts have a tendency to be quite strong and not loosen up . . . (g)

for the threaded part you could use
a T-nut,
a T-nut "embeded" in a post/stile,
a thread insert
or a completely thru bolt
some washers required . . .
thru bolting with a Nylock nut would be very secure.
bolt heads/nuts can be recessed . .

or just a length of aluminum angle bolted/screwed to both pcs.

I would suggest attaching it at the top and mid-to-bottom somewhere - otherwise if only the top is attahced should someone move / lift one of the pcs they might have considerable leverage to rip out the attachment points.

the countertop bolts are not the best option imho.

if you use a thread insert in hardwood, don't believe the printed recommendation of drill hole size. do a test install in your wood species. a thread insert in pine is a different animal than a thread insert in hard maple....
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