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How to Join Wood with Carriage Bolts

By: Joe Truini

When joining pieces of wood together using a carriage bolt, the square head on the bolt can become stripped in the hole, making them hard to tighten. To solve this problem, insert a few finishing nails in the hole beside the bolt before hammering the bolt into place. The nails will fill the gaps between the hole and bolt to keep it from spinning.


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  • eve ning Says:
    July 7th, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I like the cat bomb.

  • Jennifer Says:
    July 21st, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Loved the info. Would the carriage bolts be best to use for a dinning room table when putting the legs on? And especially if you move around a lot to take apart? Thank you in advance

  • Brandon Dow Says:
    July 10th, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    You can also use a torque washer.

  • Official Comment:

    joe t. Says:
    October 29th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Linda, Glad you liked the tip on using carriage bolts. I use them all the time. In fact, I recently built a picnic table and used carriage bolts to join the legs to the table’s frame. Thanks for writing, and good luck!–Joe T.

  • Linda Penney Says:
    October 29th, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks to your web site I was able to learn the difference between carriage bolts and lag screws and decide which was right for my job. I tried 3 other web sites first, unsuccessfully.

    Thank you for have such thorough information.

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How to Join Wood with Carriage Bolts