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Cross Dowels - 60 Pack
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(Cross Dowels or Barrel Nut) Hardware component used to fasten


This hardware component makes it easy to mechanically fasten two materials at a right angle. These are used as the main method of corner fastening for my CNC machines. 60 Pack of Cross Dowels (also called Barrel Nuts), 1/4" UNC (20 threads per inch), .62" length, .39" barrel diameter.

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