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Forum topic by Chiefk posted 06-27-2009 03:37 PM 897 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chiefk

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06-27-2009 03:37 PM

I have a project that I need both right and left handed screw inserts. The right handed inserts are easy to find, but as yet I can’t find a supplier of the left handed version. Does anyone know where the left handed inserts can be acquired? Thanks, pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN


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FirehouseWoodworking

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#1 posted 06-27-2009 08:46 PM

Try Grainger or Fastenal.

Do a Google search for the closest store or you can order them via the net or telephone. I’ve found that if it’s not in their catalog, either one can still get it for you!

Good luck!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#2 posted 06-27-2009 09:23 PM

Another thought (or two). Depending on the type of wood you are using, you can cut the threads directly into the wood. These are surprisingly strong in hardwoods. All you would have to do is find a left-handed tap which should be easier. You might also be able to mount a nut with the desired threads into a hole cut to fit and epoxy it in. Pat Warner (router expert) on the net at www.patwarner.com I have seen an article he wrote in FWW about doing this so I gave it a try. It worked well in mesquite and white oak which is the only ones I tried it in.

-- jstegall

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#3 posted 06-27-2009 11:36 PM

Here is a link to read what Pat Warner wrote about doing this. You can’t read it online but he will send it to you in an e-mail and if you don’t like it, you don’t pay, but read what he says about how this works.
http://patwarner.com/warner_magazine.html
Scroll down to see pictures of his threaded wood.

-- jstegall

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Chiefk

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#4 posted 06-29-2009 03:04 PM

Thanks everyone for the information. I have tried Fastenal. They don’t carry what I need. John thanks for the link to Pat Warner’s site. I emailed him about his article. Thanks, again. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#5 posted 06-29-2009 05:03 PM

pkennedy, you are more than welcome. I get so much useful info from this site that it is a pleasure to give some back.

-- jstegall

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