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  Reply # 1486006 5-Feb-2016 15:40
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Having re-read this several times let me ask you a daft question.  You are using the screw part in the correct fashion ?   The line about the screw getting stuck made me think.

 

The threaded end is for screwing into the top part of the desk and you would lower the desk lid and the screwed in bits into onto the base. The screws will align with holes and will need wiggled to slot into them. The cam is then inserted into the holes in the base and turned to grab and pull the screw head in, therefore making a solid join between the wood.   If you are simply sticking the screw head end into the holes on the desk lid and then trying to grip the threaded end in the cam lock then that's the issue.  The cam lock grips the top of the screw - the end that you use the screwdriver on to drive it into the wood. The threads are for screwing directly into the lid.

 

If that's not the case then post pictures please as the descriptions mean not a lot

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1486723 6-Feb-2016 23:43
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gedc:

 

Having re-read this several times let me ask you a daft question.  You are using the screw part in the correct fashion ?   The line about the screw getting stuck made me think.

 

The threaded end is for screwing into the top part of the desk and you would lower the desk lid and the screwed in bits into onto the base. The screws will align with holes and will need wiggled to slot into them. The cam is then inserted into the holes in the base and turned to grab and pull the screw head in, therefore making a solid join between the wood.   If you are simply sticking the screw head end into the holes on the desk lid and then trying to grip the threaded end in the cam lock then that's the issue.  The cam lock grips the top of the screw - the end that you use the screwdriver on to drive it into the wood. The threads are for screwing directly into the lid.

 

If that's not the case then post pictures please as the descriptions mean not a lot

 

 

 

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Hey mate.

 

 

 

Thats basically what I was doing. however in reverse. I was putting the cam lock into the hole on the frame and then putting the screw (head first) into the hole on the frame, which then drops onto the Cam Lock. I was then twisting the lock (Again, with the head of the screw facing down) thinking that's what you were meant to do. I have never worked with these materials before and obviously it showed. Having now got Internet access and watched the Youtube videos as suggested earlier, I completely messed this up. 

 

 

 

I now have 3 stuck Cam Locks, some metal stuck between one of them also. My next job is to try and salvage this by getting the cam locks out without breaking the wood/desk and doing it all properly now that I know how.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1486784 7-Feb-2016 09:31
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did the desk not come with instructions?




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  Reply # 1486841 7-Feb-2016 11:28
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Jase2985:

 

did the desk not come with instructions?

 

 

 

 

It did. The diagram was showing to put the screws inside the frame and then put the lid on top. Rather than put them in to lid and then place onto the frame.

 

 

 

I have got it all sorted now anyway the best I can. Thanks for the help everyone, between you guys and Youtube I got it sorted as best I can. Its not 100% perfect, but I sat on it for a minute or 2 last night and it seemed to hold my weight fine. 


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  Reply # 1487035 7-Feb-2016 15:56
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Finch:

 

Jase2985:

 

did the desk not come with instructions?

 

 

 

 

It did. The diagram was showing to put the screws inside the frame and then put the lid on top. Rather than put them in to lid and then place onto the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

think you could scan it or take a photo of it please?


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  Reply # 1487044 7-Feb-2016 16:12
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To be fair, most of the instruction sheets that come with such furniture are minimal at best and usually translated through several different languages using Google Translate in order to further complicate what should be relatively straight forward. 





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