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Old 02-11-2019, 11:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question for the Woodworkers

I'll be frank, I'm a metal guy. I can mill, turn, grind, etc to at least a moderate level of competency (although I'm not a machinist by any means). When it comes to wood, I'm a novice at best. I can turn on a bandsaw and follow a line, but I'm starting a project that I want to do correctly, and I'm not sure what the best route is.

I have a block of goncalo alves that I bought off of ebay several years ago intending to turn it into a DRV grip. Now I have a phantom undercocking kit I'd like to make a pump handle for. I have it roughed down and am almost ready to start shaping, but while its still relatively square and clamp-able, I need to figure out how to screw the pump plate onto it. I definitely don't want to use wood screws, but I have zero experience with threaded inserts, what's good/not good, or what to look out for. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thread inserts are pretty easy to install in wood (ones made for wood). Big thing is make sure you drill the correct size hole for your inserts and I like to add some Gorilla Glue (expanding) to the insert when installing to act as "locktite". When you buy your thread inserts they usually have a drill guide chart that comes with them so you know what bit to use.

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Old 02-11-2019, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm no wood expert, but I've made a few pump handles. Some just wooden and some with aluminum backing plates. I've just used long sheetmetal screws. Still aggressive threads but not to the extent of wood screws. Predrill close and put wood glue along the threads before screwing them in. They seem to hold up. I should probably put those inserts into the all wood ones for the pump arm, but theyre holding.
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Thread inserts are pretty easy to install in wood (ones made for wood). Big thing is make sure you drill the correct size hole for your inserts and I like to add some Gorilla Glue (expanding) to the insert when installing to act as "locktite". When you buy your thread inserts they usually have a drill guide chart that comes with them so you know what bit to use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wifYMPWB1IE
Pretty much this. I use something similar in my turnings and I have had no issues yet.
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