RaeLynn's office #2: Threaded Inserts

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Blog entry by Topapilot posted 04-14-2008 12:51 PM 3104 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had read on the G+G Yahoo group that the handles for the file cabinet should be attached to the draw face with a machine screw into a threaded insert. My practice attempts looked like this:

Two broken inserts

The problem was keeping the insert aligned with the drilled hole. If it tipped at all, the insert would jam and break. What worked was to take a long screw, cut the head off, thread on two nuts and the insert and chuck it in the drill press. Then I could lower it straight into the hole and turn the chuck by hand and it would thread in perfectly.

Installing inserts using the drill press

Just be sure not to turn on the drill press!!!

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 01:34 PM

Thanks for the tip. I will keep this in mind if I ever use a threaded insert.

Very innovative solution to your problem.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 03:47 PM

A little hand soap on the threads would also make it go in a lot easier.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 05:43 AM

Cool Rob, I was following that thread on Darrell’s list. Didn’t realize it was you though.

Looks like your progressing fine. I put the shelf/base on the nightstands this weekend. I’m saving up for a blog entry later this week.

Keep up the good work!

-- Scott - Chico California

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#4 posted 04-16-2015 11:08 AM

Pretty cool, thanks for the tips I’ll have to keep this in mind next time I get some threaded brass inserts.

-- Brett, United Kingdom,

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