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Heavy-Duty Cross Dowel and Bolt - 8-Pack

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Ensure the joint on your trestle table, work bench, bed, or any heavy-duty project won't come loose!

(1) 8-Pack of Heavy-Duty Cross Dowels and Bolts
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Manufacturer Part Number 36073
Weight 4.1500
Tech Spec
  • 5-1/2" x 13/16" bolts with washer
  • 1/2" bolts x 12 TPI - measure 5-1/2" long with a 13/16" head
  • 1-1/4" long cross dowels x 7/8" diameter with a 1/2" x 12 internal threading
  • 1-1/4" diameter washer x 3/32" thick
Style Fittings
4.3 / 5.0
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bench bolts
very heavy duty, excellant
December 9, 2019
3 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Bolts, Great Price!
Great product, would appreciate it if they would list drill sizes in specifications for the bolts. Would also like a 6" version as my legs were 5.5" square and had to move nut closer to the leg so the bolt head could be closer to the surface. However, I really do love these heavy duty bolts, they worked very well.
December 5, 2019
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Bolt with T Nut
These bed bolts were purchased to make a chair that could come apart so I could carry it up a narrow stairway. They are overdesigned for my need, but they create discussion..
November 26, 2019
11 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Very heavy duty. Will withstand years of use.
October 11, 2019
4 months ago
Great product !
Absolutely heavy duty from top to bottom.
April 17, 2019
9 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
well satisfied, delivery was prompt, sales person was helpful
April 4, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Bolts for the Price
I used these bolts when constructing my work bench. They are very easy to use when draw bolting stretchers.
When compared to the price of competing brands, you really can't beat this product.
It doesn't hurt that they come in an 8-pack in case you strip one of the bolts trying to line up holes.
June 28, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
HD bots
The size is impresive, worked great in my new work becj legs!
May 28, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great Bolts!
Very pleased with the quality of these Rockler bolts...they are "heavy-duty" as advertised, great quality, and just what I needed to build my new workbench.
March 19, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great quality, would order again. Used for a shuffleboard table and very happy! Thanks
March 16, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
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I saw favorable reports on YouTube. I am using them to provide additional security for the bed brackets I am using (not Rockler).
Andrew M on Jan 3, 2020
Building a workbench and these are good bolts to hold everything together.
Lamps on Oct 28, 2019
I saw favorable reports on YouTube. I am using them to provide additional security for the bed brackets I am using (not Rockler).
Andrew M on Jan 3, 2020
To make a bed.
Lucas M on Dec 4, 2019
Building a workbench and these are good bolts to hold everything together.
Lamps on Oct 28, 2019
found plans for a workbench on line that were using a bed bolt system to build. However I thought the amount of wood that needed to be removed would weaken the overall workbench. These seemed to require less wood removal in the stringers and stretchers. I am concerned about the non-standard thread pitch, but I'll live with it for now.
Todd M on Oct 21, 2019
build strong bunk bed for grandson
James E on Sep 14, 2019
Wanted for a farm table
Mark R on Sep 9, 2019
After all of the work I've done and expense so far, I decided to spend a bit more to make my workbench knockdown so I won't have to abandon it when I move.
anthony h on Aug 8, 2019
Easier than typical bed bolt fasteners for a quick job
Peter W on Jul 29, 2019
Making a heavy duty Ruobo workbench and need strong bolts.
Peter M on Jul 9, 2019
We need it for a bed.
Antoinette F on Apr 18, 2019
Internet search for heavy duty barrel bolts. Yours look to be the best. Building a base for work bench.
George L on Apr 15, 2019
They looked beefy.
Joshua B on Mar 16, 2019
like the dark color and they'll be perfect for the bunk bed I'm making.
Cindy W on Mar 9, 2019
work bench
Harry W on Feb 24, 2019
To construct a loft bed, using it for the rails.
Steven M on Feb 20, 2019
Only design I could find to meet my needs to support the anticipated weight
Richard on Jan 29, 2019
I have used these for several projects (Bunk Beds, work benches) and they create a rock solid connection.
Joshua P on Jan 21, 2019
building a woodworking bench, wanted something substantial
Chancy1 on Jan 9, 2019
The ease of disassembly is important in large dinning room table
William S on Jan 3, 2019
A must needed solution to a difficult wood problem when you are subject to many military moves over and over and over
Anthony D on Dec 28, 2018
Quality hardware
Clint T on Nov 27, 2018
Phenomenally strong connection. Contemplated buying the standard rail connection, but wanted something much more robust that would draw the rails in very tight to the headboard/footboard
dcwwoodcraft on Jul 21, 2018
Because it has 1/2 inch barrel nuts that I need for putting a timberframe building together
Milton M on Jun 18, 2018
Making a bed.
Bailey C on Apr 9, 2018
I build custom furniture, like dining tables, and these make it easy to have a strong, solid connection, yet easy disassembly
Ernest B on Sep 20, 2017
needed them sooner than a month away and they werent metric
Emily W on Sep 12, 2017
Making a bed.
Nicholas P. D on Jul 17, 2017
Future projects
Frank N on May 20, 2017
Building a custom bed.
Mitchell P on May 13, 2017
Because bed rail cleats are a PITA.
Thomas J on May 8, 2017
Building a workbench
Gerard J. F on Feb 23, 2017
Building work bench, seems popular for this type of application.
Andrew M on Dec 20, 2016
I'm building a PVC sleeved 4x4 post pull up bar where the top will have a PVC cap. Wanted to secure pipe from top so no bolts would be shown thru PVC sleeve. Will run bolt from top of post, thru galv bar and into cross dowel. PVC Cap will cover the top bolt and cross dowel will be burried in 4x4. Will make posts look clean and finished.
John C on Nov 3, 2016
This was the best buy and they are very high quality. Knowing I may someday move my workbench to a dedicated shop or a new home I settled on a knock down design. That required upper and lower bolts on the legs at each end.
Leo T on Nov 2, 2016
Worked great for my workbench.
Dennis H on Sep 27, 2016
To build a bunk bed
Chris M on Jun 13, 2016
making 4 work benches
Peter L on Jun 9, 2016
I am strengthening bedposts to bedrails.
Carl W. A on May 8, 2016
Project called for
Jan O on Apr 24, 2016
made a new work bench these are really nice to add strength and they look good to boot
larry d on Apr 19, 2016
Much stronger than lag bolts into end grain.
Edward B on Apr 12, 2016
For a table I am building.
Richard M on Jan 20, 2016
Building an banquet table, already used 16 and needed more! they work great!!
Lindsey H on Jan 1, 2016
hard to get anywhere else. easy to order. timely shipping
Ariel M on Nov 10, 2015
Needed for Hobby Bench connections
STANLEY M on Oct 31, 2015
For a bed.
GLEB L on Oct 20, 2015
I wanted something heavy enough for work bench
Thomas L on Oct 11, 2015
Finish assembly of workbench.
DALLAN W on Jul 25, 2015
One stop shopping
Robert A on Jul 9, 2015
quality and price is good.
Alec C on Jun 21, 2015
To make a bed.
Lucas M on Dec 4, 2019
found plans for a workbench on line that were using a bed bolt system to build. However I thought the amount of wood that needed to be removed would weaken the overall workbench. These seemed to require less wood removal in the stringers and stretchers. I am concerned about the non-standard thread pitch, but I'll live with it for now.
Todd M on Oct 21, 2019
what is the bolt diameter on item 36073?
George J on Jun 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: .4975 measure with digital calipers, so agree with above, 1/2"
Are the heavy duty cross dowel and bolts a standard size? I have an Ethan Allen twin bed that I want to put together and I need 4 those, if they are adaptable.
Esteban M on Jul 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They were too big for my son's bed so I think the answer is no.
Will these work connecting into 3/4" plywood bed rails or will 1/8" of material on either side be too thin?
Todd B on Nov 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Gracious, I would not use these on less than 5/4 at the smallest. Note that the purpose of these is to pull two boards tightly together. If the walls of the board, after drilling, are too thin, they are likely to buckle. The force of the round cross dowel does not spread greatly -- it is essentially along the bolt length.

My experience is that for 5/4 bed rails, 3/8" cross dowels work quite well. For 3/4" bed rails (stiffened, I hope), I would use 5/16" cross dowels, or a different method of attachment.
I am building a queen farmhouse bed made out of solid oak, (very heavy). The side rails are 1 1/2" thick by 7" wide. The posts they will be attached to are 3 1/2" thick. Would these bolts be appropriate for the connection? If so is one bolt per post adequate or would 2 be better or just overkill?
John S on Jul 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My bed connections have been only to 5/4 cherry bed rails to 2-1/2" posts, on which I used 3/8" stainless/brass cross-dowels. These have done well, even for bunk beds. For 8/4 boards, these 1/2" bolts would work well. I suggest some steel dowels, one above, and one below the bolt. If these are forced into the bed rail (e.g., 3/8" steel dowel, and 3/8" hole), and loosely fit into the bedpost (e.g., 13/32" hole), the steel dowels will locate the bedrail properly, and hold it as you tighten the bolts on either end. While these appear to be black oxide coated, I would grease the dowel threads slightly for eventual disassembly in the future..

You might want to consider a member (doesn't have to be 8/4) in the center, with a center leg for additional support. Similar attachment, but, perhaps with a smaller cross dowel and bolt.
Joining 4x4’s at 90 degrees can one bolt be used or will two be required?
This is a loft bed 4x4 bed Post’s with 4x4 rails!!
Jeffsm on May 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can use one because these are very heavy duty. I used them on my woodworkers bench. Very sturdy. I also place steel dowels to prevent and shifting of the joinery. I have used this product many times with success.
How do you use them?
Len C on May 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: These are used to join two pieces of word that are perpendicular. Typically you align the two pieces of wood at a 90 degree join. Center drill the join to match the diameter of the bolt shaft or slightly larger. Then you mark where the threads would be in that hole and cross drill a hole dissecting it that is large enough to hold the bold. When the holes are done insert the bolt into the dissecting hole, then run the bolt down the shaft and thread it into the bolt. As you tighten the bolt will press against the dissecting hole edge and not spin. Makes for a very tight, very strong and concealed joint.
The best way to install bed bolts?
Rayma P on Nov 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Make a jig out of a small block of wood with 2 dowels. Please give my email address to Rayma P and I will send a picture of the jig.
Can I buy just one bed bolt and one nut?
Solen Y on Jan 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not that I'm aware of. I have always needed all eight in my bed designs. If you only need one the options I can think of are make your own or try to find the individual parts somewhere else. For what it is worth, unless you already have the equipment and stock, it will cost you about the same to make them as it does to buy them. I already looked at doing that :)
Are these suitable for outdoor application (cedar patio table)? If not, are there other options?
OwenF on May 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes. You would need to coat or oil them as over time will probably rust. Very heavy duty I used on oak bunk bed. Worked very well.
Description states the threads are 1/2"-12 tpi, is this is a none standard thread or a misprint? Standard 1/2" threads are 13 tpi.
Retlawyer on Sep 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This is a non-standard thread
what is the thickness of the head, for countersink purposes. The washer is 3/32 thick, what about the bolt head?
Rick L on Aug 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: With my calipers, I measure the head as .345" thick...
Item #36073 Heavy Duty Cross Dowel & Bolt 8 pk. Are these suitable bolts? I'm trying to find replacement bolts for the king size Drexel Heritage bed I recently acquired.Info from bed labels:
730-5911 F13-3, CAPTIVA 4ED by Drexel,
730-5911 HB, Royal Palm Platform Headboard 6/6, Drexel Heritage. 4FO Made in China.
Margie C on Aug 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not familiar with your bed, but the bolts are very substantial and should hold well.
need 41/2 inch bolts. Where to get them?
TOM H on Jun 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Rockler sells a Heavy-Duty Cross Dowel and Bolt 8-pack. They are indeed heavy duty and perfect for use in a trestle table. The bolts are 5-1/2" long. Be warned, these are a Whitworth 1/2"x12 thread. Whitworth threads are an interesting story - look it up. I found out the hard way and stripped a thread on one of the bolts. All you will probably find in the U.S. are taps and dies with a 1/2x13 thread. I've bought two sets and will soon order another set.
Do you have cross dowels 3/8" in diameter and 1 5/8" in length? We are looking for cross dowels to replace the ones we lost to our Arhaus desk.
Kevin on Jul 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, we do not
My friend had bought a full on tope full bunk bed with out hardware do you know where we can get this hardware for this bunk bed?
Mariana G on Feb 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I picked them up in person at the Rockler Store in Phoenix, AZ. Should be able to purchase them from
What size of hole needs to be drilled and how long or deep is the hole?
Books on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: rough dimensions: 1/2"derill for the bolt @ 3 1/4" to 5" deep for cross bolt
7/8" for the cross dowel @ about 1 1/4" deep (centered)
What is the max size post these will work with?
Jeffrey T on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can use them on any size post as long as you counter sink them inside the post. If you want to have the bolt on the surface of the post, I wouldn't use it on a post any thicker than 3.5 inches. You need some meat on the bolt side of the connector for strength. Remember the bolt is 7/8 of and inch thick. The thing you need to decide is how much wood you want between the two parts you're connecting.
I have chairs with weak legs, the bolts are held in the legs with threaded nut that cuts in the wood to hold in place and bolt screws in the not. Do you have something that I can use??
Billy on Sep 5, 2016
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