Guitar building tips & hints
Just a few tips I stumbled upon.
Installing threaded inserts
Threaded inserts can be very usefull when making a guitar cabinet, amplifier enclosures or even for guitar building e.g. for attaching a bolt on neck to a body.
But how you should properly install threaded inserts hardly anybody knows. I found this little video on how to install them but I still had issues.
My issue was that I couldn’t get the threaded insert out of the wood when I tried to. After experimenting I found out that the type of wood is very important for choosing what drill to use when making a hole. On a piece of scrap wood, a 9 mm drill was excellent for drilling a hole for my threaded insert. I could easily insert and remove the threaded insert. But when I tried this on a maple neck, no way I could remove the threaded insert.
But when I used a slightly bigger drill (9.5 mm), everything worked fine. Removing the threaded insert was a piece of cake.
So always give it a try on a piece of scrap wood of the same type you will finally install the threaded inserts. And if removing doesn’t work, try a slightly bigger drill.
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