I'm trying to reassemble this furniture but it has screw stuck inside a cam screw:

Screw stuck inside cam screw

Screw stuck inside cam screw

How do I remove the cam screw or the screw? I suppose the cam screw comes out first?


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turn the cam lock till this arrow points to directly to the screw, than pull the screw out –


  • Thank you. I tried pulling it out but it won't fully come out - is there an easy way to take the cam screw out other than drilling another screw into it?
    – Mac
    Commented Jun 30, 2023 at 23:03
  • @mac considering you damaged the board, there was some force on the screw. Use players to get it out AFTER you aligned the cam
    – Traveler
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 0:34
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    @Mac which way are you trying to turn the cam lock to undo it? you should be turning it counter-clockwise (against the direction of the white arrow), until the other small arrow lines up with the screw - so it needs to go almost a full circle.
    – brhans
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 1:03
  • Once you've correctly aligned the cam lock, a sharp tap on the board behind it should eject it. Or a strong magnet
    – Chris H
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 16:36
  • You need to align the cam as indicated, but since you yanked the other board off the screw, it may have jammed the screw head in the cam. So try gently tapping the screw back toward the cam and see if that loosens things up enough to pry the cam out of the bore.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Jul 1, 2023 at 18:25

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