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    Lag bolt holes stripped

    I have a Sjobergs work bench that I bought about 4 years ago. It has served me well while starting out in woodworking while I figure out exactly what I want in a bench. The other convienence is it can be easily disassembled when the Navy moves me around.
    The problem is the lag bolts that hold the top to the frame have stripped the holes. The bolts come up from underneath and pull the top down onto the frame. I would like to repair this so the top stays put when I'm working.

    I thought about just filling the holes with Titebond and then screwing back into the dried glue. The lag bolts are about 3/8" diameter. Do you think the titebond "plug" will hold?

    Any other ideas to fill the holes?

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    RE: Lag bolt holes stripped

    I think drilling them out and gluing in a dowel. Use something bigger than the stripped out holes.

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    RE: Lag bolt holes stripped

    +1 on drilling out and gluing in a dowel.

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    RE: Lag bolt holes stripped

    What about replacing the lag bolts with 3/8-16 threaded inserts and using machine bolts instead?

    art

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    RE: Lag bolt holes stripped

    Or drilling all the way thru and using a bolt, washers and a nut.

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    RE: Lag bolt holes stripped

    >What about replacing the lag bolts with 3/8-16 threaded
    >inserts and using machine bolts instead?
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    >art


    I would try threaded inserts first.


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    RE: Lag bolt holes stripped

    You can make a small tapered piece of wood by spliting it off the end of a 2x4 and hammering it into the striped out hole and then screw the lag screw into the now smaller hole next to the wedge. You will be suprised how well this will hold!

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