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T-nuts for bolt-on necks?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Monkey, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    In my last couple of builds, I have used T-nuts inlaid under the fingerboard. They seem to be working just fine.

    I was just reading the "Neck bolts and anchors" thread, and was wondering if my cheap T-nut method has any big disadvantages compared to the anchors discussed in that thread.

    The T-nuts are fairly easy to install, but I have to route out a recess for each nut.

    Any thoughts?
  2. I suppose you could size the hole so that the barrel slides in tight - but personally I prefer to use a threaded insert that threads into the wood. And they are easier to drill for than a T-nut.
  3. renniw


    Nov 30, 2004
    Lévis (Québec)
    I've uset T-NUTS for the 9 instrument I've built.

    Works very well and easy to install.
  4. Hi.

    From the engineering viewpoint, T-nut distributes the force more evenly and to a larger area, it doesn't distort the grain that much and is probably easier to install by an inexperienced instrument builder. On top of that, T-nuts are much easier to find than threaded inserts.

    The only downside I can think of is that replacing them if the threads get stripped is more difficult.

    Just my 0.02€
  5. Monkey

    Monkey Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Ohio, USA
    Thanks, all. It's nice to know others are using them with success. I guess I will stick the T-nuts.

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