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post #1 of 9 Old 08-06-2016, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone know how I can secure a side to the back of the panel like this? I brought it from somewhere and it's still wobbly, and to make matters worse the cam screws they gave me don't work (big shock) this is the second set of replacement parts and they still did as the first picture showed on the legs.

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-06-2016, 03:43 PM
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I cannot tell anything from your pictures.

As this is your first post you might introduce yourself and your project.

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Just a computer desk from the store and the cam screws aren't holding up the sides.. still wobbly even after buying replacement parts.
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Welcome to the site, Beli.
I have a few pieces of furniture like yours ... and eventually, they all need "repair".
2"x2" and 2" wood screws. Be sure to pre-drill and counter sink the screw holes, offsetting each side so they don't contact.
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You might assemble the desk with epoxy however you would no longer be able to disassemble it. The desk is made out of particle board so you will have to treat the desk real gentle or it will crumble. There isn't much you can do to make it better.
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Had a similar desk, which the holes did not line up with other holes, and the legs needed extra re-enforcement. IMO NOT worth the work/frustration to "re-build" that particle desk. Trashed it and got a solid wood desk. Be safe.
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As others have said, you're going to have a hard time with that. A 2x2 piece on the inside, screwed through from the outside, is probably your best bet.

You might be able to use angle brackets inside, but I wouldn't put money on it holding up.

The reason there will be problems is that the particle board they use for these is pretty crumbly, and a screw won't always hold very well or for very long. Those cam-lock fasteners can work, if everything is spaced exactly right, but that relies on the manufacturing having been done correctly and all the spacing being perfect. These days, that's not as common as it should be.
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Having had two kids go through university living I have had a bit of experience with cam locks, pin needs to be tight to shoulder, use proper size screwdriver to tighten cam, it will seem to be tight, then that extra twist will pull it in so parts are snug.

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