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Tips for Using Fasteners as Temporary Joints

Knock-down fasteners create temporary joints for furniture. They have long been used on store-bought bookcases and decks. Here are several examples of knock-down fasteners that can be used in projects.

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Photo 1 of 4When using a knock-down barrel fastener, the diameter of one barrel is larger than the other. If a bit corresponding to the larger barrel is used to drill all the way through, the fit of the fastener will be too loose.

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Start with a bit that matches the smaller barrel. Drill all the way through both blocks. For the wider barrel, use a wider bit with a flag on it that advises how far to drill. This fastener can be taken apart easily with an Allen wrench.

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