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What gauge hex and carriage bolts do you typically use for your woodworking jigs. Not heavy duty construction connections. More like the stuff for hold downs, slot and T track type attachments. I've seen design instructions that use 3/8" bolts but based on strength charts 1/4" would have been strong enough. Is it the appearance of more strength?
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1/4'' grade 5 will work quite well....
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6M, 10-24, 1/4-20, & the oak frame is held together with 5/16-18. It's application dependent.
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1/4" is usually good enough and usually cheaper because of being so plentiful but as Pat says, it can be application dependent. Rarely is strength that much of an issue.
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Mostly 1/4 and 5/16
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Grade 3, IMHO, would be OK. Grade V is somewhat overkill. For my use, 1/4-20 is used for T-Track and other things.
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I use 1/4" bolts for jigs and fixtures . Here in the US I find the best place to buy bolts is Tractor Supply Co. They sell bolts in Bulk by the pound. They have grade 3 through grade 8 bolts at very reasonable prices compared to the big box stores.
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