Yes, that's what I did. I hadn't even thought about buying threaded
inserts at a big box store. I didn't think there was a chance they even
sold the things, or knew what they were. I was shocked they had the
But if I want the job done right, with quality
Sure, thats how you get burnt by paying 12 times more than you should.
I know for a hobbyist, it can be next to impossible to find quality
products at a reasonable price. All the big box and most of the
remaining hardware stores sell junk, pre packaged like 4 to a package,
and charge an arm and a leg. Just finding a box of 100 for an item like
screw inserts is a treat,particularly when they cost almost the same as
Piece of cake.
Form a small hole saw from a steel tube, the drill out the material
around the screw.
This is not a time to be dainty.
Think of yourself as the mad dentist in pursuit of tooth decay.
When you have the hole cleaned out, mix up some epoxy putty
(epoxy/micro-balloons), pour it in the holes until just proud.
Allow 2-3 days to cure, then sand smooth and drill pilot holes for
some S/S, coarse thread, sheet metal, self tapping screws that you get
at a good hardware store.
Once assembled, a flying red horse won't see it from 1,000 ft.
I am guessing that the screws are probably lesser quality metal, so I
would drill them out and plug the hole with an oak dowel and redrill
slightly larger holes for a new higher quality stainless steel screw.
I had to repair some holes in the back of a guitar neck once when they
did not align with the backing plate. I drilled them out on the drill
press with a forstner bit and then filled the hole with a dowel and
redrilled the new holes. Worked like a champ.
Jim Willemin wrote:
As some have mentioned already: WAX your screws. I use mostly paste wax.
You can also buy screw wax from Rockler that is a very soft wax.
As for screw extraction. Can you adjust the position of the hardware and
re-drill a new pilot hole?
FWIW, I was in Sears today and noticed that their "micro drill out"
screw extractor kit is supposed to work on screws down to #5. Item
number is 952158 and order page is
I would be very surprised if it actually worked (there are no reviews
on the Sears site), but it might be worth a try.
Funny you should ask this question now. I just left a Glen Huey seminar
sponsored by my local WW Guild. We talked about screws. Glen tested
drywall screws, home depot screws (e.g., Crown), McFeeley and Spaxx. Drove
25 screws of each into red oak with no pilot. 5 of the drywall screws
twisted off. None of the McFeeley and Spaxx screws twisted off. Guess how
many of the Home Depot screws twisted off? ALL of them. His advice -
NEVER buy furniture screws from the Borg. Go with McFeeley and Spaxx. They
cost less than the Borg (excluding the shipping) and are far superior.
Drywall screws have a #6 shank on a #8 head. They are not designed for use
in furniture. Surprised more of them did not snap.
Not living on your continent things look a little different
from my p.o.v. but yeah - Chinese potmetal screws have started
replacing other makes off the shelves here, too. >8-(
Funny thing is, some of the best screws I have at the moment
are 'Gib' branded drywall screws. (Unfortunately) these are
'waferhead' screws - so they look like they have a washer
integrated into the screw head. They were sold to me to attach
sound-proofing grade drywall to profiled sheetmetal rails and
they are so hard that I have not yet managed to munge a single
head with my phillips bits nor have I managed to twist one off
yet. Used about 1/2 the box of 1000 so far. There seem to be
different grades of drywall screws out there.
Agree on Spaxx, so far as I can get them they at least have
I've mostly worked around the issue by using s/s screws nearly
exclusively these days but even there there are huge
differences in quality. Some s/s screws are very soft and do
twist off in hard woods as well.
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Proof that even China can make good screws if they want. My guess is
when McFeeley's contracts with China they specify a higher quality than
I agree that lots of stuff at the Borg is way, way, way over priced.
Just like all other discount places, some things are given away, while
others are next to stealing. Paying over $5 for 4 threaded inserts
(made in China) at Lowe's vs paying TWELVE TIMES LESS at Grainger is a
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