Installing Bed Rail Fasteners
Securing Beds with Cast Iron Bed Rail Fasteners
Bed Rail Fasteners are produced from cast iron which is molded into shape with traditional methods. Before starting: Test fit male and female connection pieces together. If necessary small adjustments can be made with minor filing.
Available in two sizes:
4-7/8" Bed Rail Fasteners and 5-3/8" Bed Rail Fasteners Male Hook Plates
Male connector is screwed directly (surface mounted) to the inside of the bed rails.
Surface mount male connector to inside of bed rails, centering it vertically.
Flange should be even with end of bed rail.
Male connector has
a cast flange. A saw cut groove should be cut to accept the flange.
Screw size should be the largest diameter which will fit the holes.
Length of screw should be almost the thickness of the bed rails.
By fitting and screwing these rail fasteners directly against the bed rail the male plate is stabilized and movement is minimized.
Female Connection Plates
Mortise into bed posts.
Mortises should be slightly inside of the center line as the end of the male hook plate is not directly centered on the end of the bed rail.
After the male connectors are installed on the bed rails attach the female connectors to them to determine placement for female connectors on bed posts.
The rail is often placed slightly to the inside of center on the bed posts.
Common height for modern beds is approximately 8" from floor to bottom of box spring. Height is often higher for older beds.
Trace outline of female connector to mark position. Be sure it is straight.
Mortise-out traced area to approximately 1/2" depth.
Screw into position.
Once installed Female connector should be flush with bed post. Also in Paxton's Tips and Techniques