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#1 posted 07-23-2021 11:51 PM

I’m still here, and thanks again guys for your responses. I got busy and was waiting until I had time to work on this to reply, but don’t want anyone to feel like I abandoned the thread. One thing that’s probably not clear in the photo, the 2 bolts attach the legs to the upper support, and allow the legs to hinge open and closed so the stand can fold flat.

I bought a 3/8” tap to see if I could just clean up the existing 3/8” hole, but it was too far gone to work. There’s not enough thickness for heli coils, but that’s great to know for the future. T-nuts won’t work in this situation, because they would interfere with the inner tube sliding sliding up and down.

Bilyo, thanks for the recommendation about silver soldering. That would work, but the expense for the materials would cost more than a new stand. On the plus side, I would have enough for many future projects, and the chance to learn a new skill.

Bolting on a piece of steel would probably work, and I might end up trying that if needed. But I can accomplish the same thing using a piece of strong hardwood and a threaded insert, so that’s what I’ll try first. If the wood isn’t strong enough, I’ll try your idea.

-- Tim

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