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Handyman help - type of bolt needed?

Old 04-16-09, 12:36 PM
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Handyman help - type of bolt needed?

I have been looking for a dark wood high chair since my son was born. I finally found one on craigslist, but it needs a little work. (Got it for $15 so I don't mind!)

The tray lifts up, and currently has HUGE screws holding it on. I'd obviously like something safer for the little guy.

What type of bolt/screw would work (allow rotation) yet have a rounded edge?

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Old 04-16-09, 12:53 PM
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Re: Handyman help - type of bolt needed?

skeet, this kinda looks like your high chair. You probably need a shorter bolt or screw than the one being used but you might add some wood or plastic spacers for pivoting. The wooden cap is added on the end for a nicer aesthetic look.
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Re: Handyman help - type of bolt needed?

If you cut the ends of the screws as they are you can use a capped nylock nut like this.

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OMG, a skeet sighting!

I like Nifty's idea.
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I'd just print that picture and take it into Lowes, along with one of the screws. They usually have pretty knowledgeable employees who could probably point you to exactly what you're looking for.
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Old 04-16-09, 02:39 PM
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Re: Handyman help - type of bolt needed?

I think a cap nut like mentioned above is all you need. You could get a pin that is smooth and has threads on the end, but it doesn't look like you have very tight tolerances on the bolt holes and just capping the completely threaded bolts you have there will be sufficient.

One thing, make sure you thread a conventional nut onto the bolt before cutting. Then back it off and it will "chase" the rough edge off then end of the bolt. Otherwise it will be a real pain trying to get the nut started over the burr on the bolt.
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Old 04-16-09, 04:18 PM
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I'd drag the whole thing into Lowes/Home Depot and find something that worked in the hardware aisle.
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