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23 Responses to “Installing Metal Threaded Inserts For Wood”

  1. Jack Houweling says:

    Thanks for this, I can always use more tips.

  2. Dave51262 says:

    Ron – Great video. I had been installing the wrong way. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. bsotoiii says:

    Thanks for this video. I am fairly incompetent when it comes to wood working. I’m glad I looked this up. I would’ve installed them backwards and used a screwdriver to do it! Your method is pure genius!

  4. nkubz says:

    Thanks for sharing the tip.

  5. rafowell says:

    Excellent video! I like the “bonus material” on removing the inserts. I also like the way you cut quickly between video segments to cover a lot in a short time.

  6. BrushCountryJamboree says:

    I only use the brass inserts on softwood, plywood, partical board. For hardwood use a helicoil

  7. woodsprout says:

    This is so sensible. Thanks for sharing this. I am amazed by some of the great things I have learned demonstrated on YouTube and I immediately say “YES !”

  8. Ronald Walters says:

    They are part of the dust collector and light supports.

    Watch my video “Drill Press Auxiliary Table”.

    Please subscribe to my channel. Then you will be notified when I post a new video.

  9. rtjonesva1 says:


    Great vid! What are the plywood rings on the back of your drill press?


  10. fletch123 says:

    Nice video and just what I needed to know

  11. Ronald Walters says:

    Those are T-Nuts and if you have room I would prefer them to the threaded inserts. The threaded inserts can tear out… just depends on the material and load being applied. The flange of the T-Nut goes on the backside of the board and the bolt would enter from the front. If it needs to be flat a slight relief pocket can be cut with a Forstner bit to recess the T-Nut Flange (see my video on Star Knobs — Homemade). I tap them in with a hammer and sometimes use a metal rod as a punch.

  12. FutureGreenLLC says:

    These are great videos. I just found your site while looking for how to install a particular kind of threaded insert. There happens to be one (metal insert) sitting next to your bolt in this video between 0:40 and 1:00. I am installing legs on a kids table, and I have some of those inserts to use in the table top. Do they just get tapped into a pilot hole in the bottom of the board, or would you recommend I just take them back and get the ones you used?

  13. MegaDusty56 says:

    Excellent video. I was taught to drive them in with a screwdriver as well.
    Thank you so much for the enlightenment : )

  14. Ronald Walters says:

    When I said I haven’t had one pull out, I probably should have said, “within reason” or “in jigs and fixtures”. Pine is soft so I wouldn’t expect a lot of strength. End grain is even worse. Given enough load they will tear out. You could experiment with running two in together on the bolt at the same time but you may not be able to get the bolt to release.

  15. bradkrit says:

    How much would you trust that to hold going into pine? I may need to put some in 45 degrees into the end grain of a board

  16. klungoo says:

    Hey very nice video, well filmed and explained. I didn’t know how to properly instal these. THANKS :)

  17. n8guy says:

    You may be right, but all the information I see suggests that they are intended to be installed with a screwdriver or similar tool (notches out). Woodcraft could have gotten it wrong, but they specifically show a picture of their threaded inserts (not EZ LOK brand) installed notches out and explicitly state that you can install them with a screwdriver.

  18. milamili007 says:

    Thanks for a great video. And just in time for my own project, too. Keep up the good work. You’re very clear, no extra talk, just to the point — exactly what a how-to video should be done.

  19. MaDeuce80 says:

    I just received the new Rockler catalog and it does state that the inserts easily install with a screw driver. I must say after seeing your video, I prefer your method. Nice job!!! Thanks from Chicago.

  20. Ronald Walters says:

    I first used threaded inserts 40 years ago. I used a screwdriver, occasionally screwed up the internal threads, they didn’t always go in very well. I had two suppliers tell me over 30 years ago I was installing them the wrong way. Since then I’ve had few problems, they cut a clean thread, don’t chew up the wood as bad.

    EZ LOK inserts are obviously made different. The slots don’t go to the OD and they appear to be thicker wall. If I used EZ LOK inserts I might consider their $14 tool.

  21. n8guy says:

    I’m not sure you’re correct about the slotted end, given the existence of the “E-Z LOK Drive Tool” (search Amazon for that part, as YouTube won’t let me link to it in the comments).

  22. framergp says:

    Yes, I was one of the dummies that thought that the slotted end was for a screw driver. Thanks for the great info. This will make it easier for me.

  23. MrLeonard55 says:

    Good video.

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