Inserting Inserts

In Woodsmith No. 22, you discussed installing rosan inserts into wood using a machine bolt. Your procedure works well for setting the rosan insert in place, but I had difficulty removing the bolt without removing the rosan insert too.

I use a slightly different method that seems to eliminate this problem. All I really do is thread a nut on the machine bolt before its threaded in the rosan insert. Then once the bolt is screwed in the insert, the nut is tightened against the insert using a wrench.

Using this method, the insert can be installed using a screw driver in the head of the bolt as in your article. But once the insert is in place, it's a simple matter to break the nut loose, and back-out the machine bolt.

Allen R. Martinson Madison, Wisconsin

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