Wagon box brackets

Old 07-16-03, 03:50 PM
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(Re-)Building the wooden sides to a flatbed trailer.
Previously used angle brackets with carriage bolts to secure the corners (where each side meets). It worked well, but was really a pain when I had to remove the sides and/or the back.

Recently saw another trailer with wooden sides, with what I believe are wagon box brackets. Found these on the shopping side of doityourself.com, as follows:

Right wagon box bracket:

Left wagon box bracket:

Question: Do I need a pair for each corner? Are they a mated pair? That is, do I need a left and right to complete each pair? (the pictures on these items look identical, so I suspect they are wrong on the web site).

And what's the difference and when would you use these type of brackets?

Right corner stake fastener:

Left corner stake fastener:

They look the same as the wagon box bracket except they are bent. Can these be used in lieu of the wagon box bracket so they don't stick out as far? Or can you mate one corner stake fastener with a wagon box bracket?

Any ideas would be appreciated.
Thank you.
Old 07-16-03, 06:26 PM
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Usually a pair is used per corner. It appears that this question can only be answered by you.

You have done your research and what ever one you feel will be better should be your choice. You already know what you don't like and the top ones looked better for your applicatiopn although I have never used them.

Good Luck!
Old 07-17-03, 07:49 AM
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Doug, Thanks for your reply. I am actually planning to use two pair per corner, as the sides will be almost 2.5ft tall. That should afford me better stability.

What I guess I didn't make clear in my original request, was what constitutes a "pair"? For each pair, do I need two left brackets? Or two right brackets? Or a left and right? It's unclear from the shopping site information what constitutes a matching pair.

I was hoping that someone has actual experience using these and could therefore advise me since I can't physically see the item for myself prior to purchasing (one of those little drawbacks to shopping on the net).

With regards. SDQ
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Box Brackets

the box brackets come in pairs .... one for the left end of the box side and one for the right end of the box side. if you are using two brackets on each end then you would buy two pair. If the brackets are mounted tight, you may have a problem getting the sides and end panel to align and go together easily. I guess I would allow a little play so that the sides and end go together without a problem. Another technique would be to loosen the mounting screws/bolts on the end potion of the brackets and then tighten them after the panels are placed together. I'm considering building a box for my flat bed trailer and using this technique.

Old 10-22-13, 01:03 PM
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Ummm, 10+ year old thread.

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