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How To Install Threaded Inserts in Wood

December 7th, 2021Generated with Avocode.Ellipse 1By E-Z Lok

Threaded inserts for wood are a fast and cost-effective way to improve the durability and stability of your woodworking projects. Get high-strength connections for your carpentry by following this simple guide on how to install threaded inserts in wood.

What Are Threaded Inserts for Wood?

Wood thread inserts are problem solvers. They can help you repair stripped threads in your previous projects or place threaded fasteners into your current woodworking. Threaded inserts for wood are cost-effective solutions that are easy to install. Durable and resistant to erosion, wood thread inserts are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. E-Z LOK's threaded inserts can be used in a variety of wood assemblies and applications, including (but not limited to):

  • Indoor furniture
  • Shelving
  • Cabinetry
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Frames
  • Display cases

Commonly used in furniture to create firm bonds between adjoining pieces, threaded inserts for wood have external threads that lock them in place and internal threads for your bolt or screw.

Are Wood Thread Inserts for Hardwood or Softwood?

E-Z LOK offers thread inserts for wood projects across the spectrum. Whether you're using hardwood or softwood, E-Z LOK has insert nuts for your wood application. Here is a rundown of the different types of fasteners:

E-Z Hex™ Screw Inserts for Wood

Type D (flanged) or Type E (flush) screw inserts create sturdy threads in softwoods. E-Z Hex™ inserts feature wide external threads that have exceptional holding power in materials like composition board, plywood and pine. Available in a variety of lengths, these threaded inserts for wood are quick to install and are die-cast from a durable zinc alloy.

E-Z Knife™ Inserts for Hardwood

For superior holding power in hardwood like cherry, maple and oak, we have E-Z Knife™ wood thread inserts. Made of either brass or stainless steel, these inserts are ideal for use where assembly or disassembly could cause thread stripping or erosion. Using a proprietary external "knife" thread, E-Z Knife™ thread inserts are uniquely designed for hardwood.

E-Z Fin™ Thread Inserts for Wood and Plastic

Also known as Finserts, these are brass inserts for softwoods and plastics. Capable of distributing stress over a large surface area, Finserts minimize the possibility of thread erosion while allowing for permanent fastening. E-Z Fin™ inserts have easy press-in installation for quick application.

Installing Insert Nuts for Wood

When installing your wood insert lock nut, there are a few simple steps to follow. For best results, use an E-Z LOK Drive Tool for the appropriate threaded fastener. Some wood inserts like E-Z Fin™ will not require a drive tool for installation. When installing threaded inserts, perform the following steps:

1. Measure

If you are drilling a new hole, you will want to appropriately measure and mark off the location of your pilot hole. Make sure that you have the proper wood thread insert size by matching them to the bolts you plan on using.

2. Drill the hole

Make the guide hole that your threaded wood insert will be placed into. The hole should be the size specified on the packaging or the E-Z LOK website. Clear the area of debris and make sure the wood does not splinter or sheer.

3. Place the insert onto the drive tool

The E-Z LOK Drive Tool works for metal or wood thread inserts. Simplify your installation process and quickly install threaded inserts for wood.

4. Drive into place

Take care to ensure that the insert is going in straight and evenly as you drive it into place. With E-Z LOK threaded inserts for wood, you don't need to use epoxy or wood glue to hold them in place.

Follow this simple guide for installation of all your E-Z LOK screw inserts for wood. If you are not using a driving tool from E-Z LOK, you can create one of your own today.

Get Your Threaded Wood Inserts From E-Z LOK

From hardwood or softwood, E-Z LOK has the right wood thread inserts for your application. Whether you are a woodworking hobbyist or a professional carpenter, our threaded inserts for wood will help you create the most stable and secure furniture. Shop threaded inserts for wood online today or find a local distributor near you.

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