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    Default Table leg problem

    How best to fix?
    We bought this cheap dining suite and when taking the able from the trailer this morning one of the legs fell off.
    I am pretty sure that at some stage an previous owner has over-tightened the bolts holding the leg in place.
    The holes in the legs that the hex drive furniture bolt insert nut screws into was full of metal shards.
    Is the quickest way to fix this simply to buy new insert nuts?
    If I do this should I put a small dab of glue on the nut threads to make sure they hold in place? Cheap and nasty diecast from the look of the nut and the metal fragments. If glue then yellow woodworking glue or 5-minute epoxy?
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    I know that Bunnings sell these but I can't find them when searching [ Yes The B search function sux] so what is the correct terminology for these woodworking insert nuts?
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    You can't be far off

    I googled "bunnings wood insert nuts" and found them

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    OK Use Google and NOT the bunnings search function. Now why didn't I think of that?????????
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    AND
    No 8mm seem to be out of stock now
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    So
    To glue or not to glue?
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    Those insert appear to have failed in the metal to metal thread, not the metal in wood/

    You can help the bond with some epoxy in the wood.

    https://www.boltandnut.com.au/m8-x-1...ts-low-tensile

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    [QUOTE=Marc;1131443]Those insert appear to have failed in the metal to metal thread, not the metal in wood/

    You can help the bond with some epoxy in the wood.


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    Epoxy it is then, these things are not the strongest, and the cap bolts look like they are stronger than the insert by a margin
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    How bout a timber fix hex head roof screw
    May have to drill a small hole to stop the leg splitting and maybe sone glue as well.

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    I did think of that as an alternative but first I's have to fill the existing holes, then wait for the filler to set then drill new pilot holes. Probably easier and faster to replace the insert nuts and add that tiny bit of epoxy
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    How about these?
    A cheap outdoor table we got gifted was in the same shape as yours when we got it, added these and fixed..

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/everhang...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
    And.....your point is.....what exactly?

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    In the end I just used the old threaded inserts [ because there was no stock of the depth I needed] and epoxy. The epoxy bond to both the timber and the diecast is probably going to last long enough to be a cost effective expedient solution.
    These Chinese made tables [ but made using Australian Alpine Ash timber] are very cheaply and poorly put together. But as a S/H cheap table it will do us for a while.
    The sideboard that was part of the deal is probably a bit better made. The half dozen chairs are you typical cheap Harvey Norman crapola
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