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    woodworkimng screws

    I know I am using the wrong wood screws in my work.

    What is the best to use and where to purchase.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    I spent quite a bit researching screws after moving over here - I had no idea half the stuff existed.

    I'm not sure what you intend to use the screws for, but I opted for Spax - http://www.spax.us/

    For general work, joining 2 bits of 2x4 for example - http://www.spax.us/en/multi-material...flat-head.html

    I picked mine up at HD - a box costs around $8?

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    I have had great luck with Mcfeely screws and fasteners.

    https://www.mcfeelys.com/?
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    I primarily use their dry lube Robertson square drive screws in many different sizes.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    When talking about preferred wood screws the discussion can get in the weeds pretty quickly as there are many many types of screws out there and they each have their followers/users. And of course much will depend on what application you are using as to what type screw may work the best for you.

    You can go online and search for sites that can explain all the special ins and outs....i.e., www.mcfeeleys.com use to have pretty good guidance to help in selecting the right screw for your needs.

    I have found that using #6 and #8 square drive, steel/zinc screws in 1 1/4" - 2" lengths works best for most applications for me....furniture/plywood subassemblies, etc.. Go for a coarser thread for plywood, particleboard, and other "soft" woods. Use finer threads for hard woods. Check the specs on thread depths on the box or web page. Screw lengths will vary based on the thickness of your wood.

    I have also determined, in my personal case, that drilling pilot holes is wise, particularly in hard woods and/or near the ends of boards. Trust me on this.

    Curiously the local big box stores here in Moore County do not carry much of a variety of box quantities of these screws. You may find them on occasion but I buy in bulk quantities (100 - 500 ct) on line as they go on sale. As referenced above McFeeley's is one online source. Great selection/sometimes pricey. A couple of other sources are:

    www.fastenersuperstore.com
    www.valuefastener.com
    www.mscdirect.com

    Be forewarned, some of these sites require you to dig deep to find just what you may be looking for but keep working it and you should be able to find what you want.

    Hope some of this helps.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    I know I am using the wrong wood screws in my work.
    What are you using and how do you know that they're the wrong type screws? Today's modern wood screws come in a wide variety of configurations so you'll find better performance that'll suit your needs.

    I like square drive screws because they don't cam out when driven and the screw won't fall off of the square drive tip (good for one handed driving).

    https://timbertech.wikispaces.com/fi...ern+Screws.pdf

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    For historically accurate furniture I use plain steel or brass slotted countersing head wood screws.

    If I don't care about historic aspect then I use phillips.

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    and always clock your screws
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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    +1 spax and carried at Home Depot. I love square/star drive screws. I believe Ace hardware may carry them too.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    Doesn't anyone use Twinfast screws? Its a double helix and they power drive very fast. I've been using them since the 1970s but my ample supply then is now diminishing.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    I mostly only use screws where they won't be visible or on projects where I don't care if they are visible, deck screws fill the bill.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    I have had really good luck with High Point brand square drive screws, sold at Woodcraft. It isn't easy to snap the head off of these screws, even with power drivers. They say they will take about twice the torque of a regular wood screw. I use them for all kinds of things, but especially on jigs and fixtures. They are so strong I will take a jig apart after use and throw the screws back in the bin for reuse. The only limitation is the lack of sizes available. But most lengths are available in a #8 which I use most anyway.

    https://www.woodcraft.com/products/8-x-1-1-4-highpoint-xt-square-drive-woodworking-screws-flat-head-dry-lube-100-piece?via=573621f569702d06760016d3%2C57641fb169702 d3baa002477%2C5764229d69702d3baa002554

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    At an auction a couple years ago, which had some furniture factory items, for some reason I bought a small pallet of assorted size wood fasteners similar to the High Point brand square drive screws. The boxes were unmarked just handwritten paper with the word screws on it. They hold great for me, so if the ever run out, I'd look to the High Point style.
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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    Whatever kind of screws you are using, they always drive easier if you put some wax or soap on the threads. Here' a tip: use chapstick. I always have a tube handy.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    McFeely's are the only screws I use. I've had great success with their square drive screws.

    https://www.mcfeelys.com/screw-faste...e-qty-100.html

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    I was introduced to Robertson head screws when I lived in New Brunswick. Why do they still make slotted screws? Using them requires a broad range of cuss words. Phillips is not much better. I really prefer star drive. They never cam out and can be driven one handed. They square drive or Robertson is a close second and is cheaper than the star drive.

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    Re: woodworkimng screws

    Nobody has mentioned combo screws. They are square & philips drive. I perfer square drive, but if someone else is going to work with this project I give them a break and use the combos so their philips screwdrivers will work.

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