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    Bed BOLT Cams, anyone used these

    I saw these and wondered if anyone has used them?

    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?O...Select=Details

    Thought they might be a good alternative to a bed bolt where you don't want to hide the bed bolt with a bolt cover.
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    Aaron, I have not used the bed cams, but looking at the Rockler info, it looks like it is screwed into the post.

    I've built a few beds, and the forces involved in holding the side rails to the posts are formidable. I am not convinced this product will hold up for the life expectancy of a bed.

    I like to make a mortise and tenon joint, held together with a very heft bed bolt from Horton's Brasses. The strength is really satisfying. True, one needs to have the bolt cover, but to me, that is just a constraint of dealing with a time-honored and proven design.

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    Whew...I thought this was going to be a dirty post!

    looks like another way to do it. I haven't built a bed and can't offer much thought to the product.

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    I'm with Ed. My first thought was: "No. A little too kinky for me".
    Does anyone still make a bed side frame rail that has hooks on the end that slips into a receptacle that mounts in a mortise in the headboard and foot board legs, then drops down to secure it? I remember a bed growing up that was built that way, and it was always very very sturdy. Of course, it requires you to have a foot board. But would be perfect for a sleigh style bed. Jim.
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    I thought it might be a little weak, I thought about regular bed bolts but the bed bolt cover would no look very good. The bolt covers would be on the end of the footboard, so those would show the headboard wouldn't be a problem since it would be against the wall.

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    I am just not sure they would look good, so I may just use the the metal slip over bed fasteners, like these shown below.

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    I tried these once, and they wor
    ked ok in a low torque foot, but were wobbly in the headboard.

    http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...bed%20hardware

    Nice looking bed you're planning.

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    This is a similar but better system; the luna washer and nut replace the cam and you simply tighten up the joint with a small spanner.

    http://www.scfhardware.com/j-shop/section.php/14/0

    I've used this system many times and it is the best concealed bed fitting I've found.

    I've also used the other one you pictured and find they work loose in time. Strictly for beds used for sleeping only!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim O'Dell View Post
    Does anyone still make a bed side frame rail that has hooks on the end that slips into a receptacle that mounts in a mortise in the headboard and foot board legs, then drops down to secure it?
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    Yup, that what I used on the bed I made a few months ago. I can't remember where I got them but they are still out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Horton View Post
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    Yup, that what I used on the bed I made a few months ago. I can't remember where I got them but they are still out there.

    Here is a pic I found online, would make for some very clean connections, and the tabs are tapered so you would think it could wedge itself pretty good and hold tight over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    I've built a few beds, and the forces involved in holding the side rails to the posts are formidable. I am not convinced this product will hold up for the life expectancy of a bed.

    Ken
    They show the cams being used in conjunction with dowels, would those dowels help take some of the support forces???

    I wouldn't glue the dowels since I want to be able to knock down the bed but at least they would be there to help support the bed along with the cam. Thoughts?
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