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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-27-2000, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Stove Bolt Holes

Ok , I want to use a few stove bolts for the new rear floor I`m building for my CJ and would really like to use some stove bolts ( so they sit kind of flush on the floor) . How do I make nice square holes for them ? Anyone ever done this ? Thanks !!

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Re: Stove Bolt Holes

i have done this by drilling a hole the size that you want and then made it square with a file.

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yep,, I've done it too, it works, your squares arent pretty..but works

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Re: Stove Bolt Holes

use a punch, find a flat bladed screwdriver that is the right size on teh shaft, drill teh hole, then hammer the screwdriver thru, youll have to deburr the bottom but itll be pretty and square.



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Re: Stove Bolt Holes

Thanks everybody for all the ideas . I actually scouted around my "old" tools and found this punch that tapers off into a square just the right size. If the metal doesn`t end up spliting then it should work . Hopefully in the next few days I can get a few pictures up , today I rebuilt the rear tailgate support ( where the rear body mounts fasten to the rear cross member) WHAT A JOB [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]. AND built an entire new rear skin for the old CJ [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] . By golly , I think I`m becoming a sheet metal expert [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] Thanks again !!

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Re: Stove Bolt Holes

[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img] Er....ah...not to put too fine a point on it but aren't you using CARRIAGE bolts (rounded smooth heads)OR ELEVATOR bolts (if they have enourmous round heads and are flat) on your project??[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img] A stove bolt is a half-round, threaded-to-head screw, usually used with square nuts.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img] Well, anyway, that wasn't what I wanted to add......I wanted to mention that some benefit can be derived from drilling sheet metal WAYYYY undersized and then "forcing" the hole to size with a pointed tool, either square(for carriage bolts) or round for maybe a self-tapping metal screw. I learned this installing two-way radios in the dashes of our pickups and trucks. In your case, some benefit may be derived by slightly HEATING the area after you drill the small hole and then "poking" the hole to size....round OR square......like they do the barrels of high-priced rifles.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: Stove Bolt Holes

Why not just buy the appropriate square punch and die set from the local electrical supply house.
They are about $10 depending on size, and make those professionals looking square or round holes, no torn metal, and no hammering.

You know, like the ones on electrical boxes?

Eastwood catalog has them too, in a variety of sizes if you can't find them at an electrical supply house or Home Depot.
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Re: Stove Bolt Holes

Well where in the heck did I come up with the term " stove bolts " [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img] . Yes , Carriage bolts is the term I should have used . I thought I had the solution but between your advice and Aaron`s I think I have it in the bag . These moonguys told me they were stove bolts[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/blush.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img][img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] So.......... ah.. ya , its thier fault , ya , thats my story and I`m stickin` to it .

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Yeah I kinda wondered about the "stove bolts" myself. But what do I know. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img] Oh Yeah [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]

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