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Workshop tip: Simple method to set up threaded inserts


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Threaded inserts will be tough to screw into place. When the thread first grabs, there’s a tendency for the insert to tip sideways and enter at an angle. Whereas particular instruments can be found to assist, a easy substitute is available. Discover a bolt that’s not less than 2 in. lengthy and suits the insert, lock two nuts close to the top, and thread the tip of the bolt into the insert. Then use a ratchet to drive the insert into place. The lengthy bolt makes it straightforward to maintain the insert plumb, and the ratchet does the remainder.

—PAUL VANDEN BOUT, Susan, Va.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Superb Woodworking difficulty #290

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