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Fasteners with a helical thread along the outside. Uses a twisting motion to install or remove.

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Do 'headless' screws exist?

It sounds like a silly question, I know. I am wanting to join 2 bookcases together but in a way in which I can't see the screws. I know I can countersink, fill and paint over, but I'm looking to ...
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What size screws should I use to fasten these shelves together?

I'm assembling shelving units as shown in the provided image, where I need to secure the vertical boards to the horizontal ones. My plan is to use three screws at both the top and bottom ends of each ...
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How to build this wooden box

I am open to all your thoughts and suggestions! I want to build a wooden box that looks like this (measurements are in inches): The idea is to have a 5 boards: floor, ceiling, back, and two walls ...
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Plywood Bunk Bed

I am trying to design a plywood bunk bed (4 beds and one pullout actually), and am trying to figure out how to join the pieces. My original plan was to use pocket holes, but now I am worried that ...
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Securing an Ikea countertop to Ikea drawers (SALJAN and ALEX)

As the title suggests, I'm having a few second thoughts about how to mount my 98" Saljan countertop to two sets of Alex drawers. I've already bought three 14 gauge steel channels that I'll be ...
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1/2" and 3/4" plywood cabinet - query about length of screws

I built a cabinet from big-box plywood. I used 1/2" for tops and bottoms and 3/4" for the sides. This 16"dx22"hx30"w deep cabinet will be inset into the wall and fastened to ...
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How to remove a stripped screw thread from a wooden stool leg

I have a wooden stool. One of the legs has a stripped screw thread. I want to replace it with another screw, but I'm not sure how to remove the original one.
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Easy inexpensive repair for a particle board hole and a loose screw

I would like suggestions for a table repair, please. I think the material is particle board. The table was exposed to rain briefly. The laminated table top was probably not properly glued when it was ...
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What is the difference between self-drilling and self-tapping screws?

These terms in some instances seem to be conflated, or have very similar definitions. For instance, here's a quote from ScrewFix's website on their 'self-tapping and driving screws page' (emphasis ...
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How to join two parallel sheets of wood together

I have a desk which looks like this: I have decided to take some steps to fix it. This includes creating a way to manage the dozens of wires that form part of the work from home setup. I am going to ...
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Screw together possible soft and hard wood types with pilot holes and finding the right drillbits

This is my first DIY project with wood and I'm already over my expected/set budget and timeframe so I want to ensure I don't make as many more mistakes before finishing the project, but whatever ...
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Hardwood or Softwood screw threads for Baltic Birch plywood?

Would Baltic Birch fall into the "Softwood and Plywood" (coarse thread) or "Hardwood" (fine thread) category when it comes to screw threads? The application is putting threaded ...
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Screw Placement for Wall Hung Top Cabinet

I have to fix a top cabinet with no floor support to the wall. What is the difference if I were to place the screws which hold the cabinet to the wall at the 4 corners inside the cabinet (diagram 1) ...
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Reuse screw holes in wood [oak]

I have a finished oak board, and I'm buying metal legs so it can be used as an end table. The legs will be secured with screws. If later we want to replace the legs, and the holes end up in the same ...
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What caused these screws to loosen so much (and how to prevent it)?

I built some basic picnic table benches five or so years ago, using what I thought were the proper components - outdoor weather-resistant paint and premium deck screws. I'm surprised at the extent to ...
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Handrail coming away from wall

I have a pig-ear handrail (I believe that’s what you call it) coming loose from the wall, and I'm looking for some advice on how to make it secure again. I'm unsure if a secure repair is possible. It ...
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Wood grain orientation vs. strength for screws + load

I'm cutting some shelf supports, and am curious which grain direction is optimal for holding a screw + load. (Of course this is negligible in the given context, but I'd like to know for reference) I'm ...
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How to connect three pieces with screws?

I'm designing a small greenhouse 60x40cm 60cm high. Since I'm not even an amateur woodworker, I won't dare use anything but screws to connect the pieces. Are pocket screws ok to connect pilar and two ...
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Woodworking screw guide?

I forget the proper name for them (please do remind me), but I have some bits that will make a hole in a piece of wood such that a screw head will be beneath the surface when tightened. And then you ...
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What diameter pilot hole do I drill to place a 1/2" lag screw?

I want to secure a dock ladder to a wooden dock with 4 lag screws. The wooden dock surface is 2"thick wood.
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Screws back into a splitting pole

The pole in this image holds up a regular mail box. You can see where the 4 screw holes are. This pole is cemented into the ground and has been untreated for over 10 years. This is in Phoenix Arizona ...
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Trying to identify and open a screw housing/ sheath/ thing surrounding it

I’m pulling apart a cabinet to do some work on it and have come across this screw housing (for want of a better word). Does anyone know what it is or, more to the point, how I get it undone? Does the ...
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Clearance hole for partially threaded screws

I have heard some people say that one doesn't have to drill a clearance hole if the screws are partially threaded when joining two boards. The argument being that the shank just won't grip into the ...
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How to connect these iron strips to an MDF board?

I am making shelves for shoes using MDF boards. The place where I want to mount them is between two wooden pillars of the staircase, so I thought about having the planks a little larger than the space ...
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Nails plus glue into endgrain vs screws plus glue vs dado (for shelf)

I'm building a hutch/book shelf for a small desk (2'x4'). Width of hutch is 48", depth 9.25", height about 18". Wood is nominal 1" thick "appearance boards" from a big ...
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Can I screw in my cable tray into this desk?

So, I've had this desk for a few years now, and I just bought a cable tray that needs to be screwed in. It would go under the desk Desk: https://www.wayfair.ca/furniture/pdp/upper-square-kosmas-...
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Aligning screw head slots

Looking at the hinges on my piano I can see that all the screw slots are aligned horizontally. If I was to screw a piano hinge onto anything the slots would be all over the place. So what is the ...
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How to salvage a poorly designed project?

I've been working on a fairly involved project as a Christmas gift for a friend for the past few weeks. I'm building a Dungeon Master's screen for use in Dungeons & Dragons games. I'm having a ...
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Are there industrial standards for wood screws?

Piggy backing on this question about wood screws, are there any industrial standards to define quality in wood screws? When I purchase machine screws I usually look for which standards are adhered to. ...
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Screws that are larger than wood itself [closed]

I have a piece of wood that's about 3cm thick and I'd like to put some screws with hooks on it but I just can't find small screws. Can I
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Extract snapped screw buried in wood (not just stripped head)

One side of our solid oak bed has detached from the leg, as the 4 hardened steel screws on part of the bracket have snapped clean off, leaving the rest of the screw buried in the wood, about 0.5-1.0mm ...
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What Screw Should I Use For Fasten a 3/8th Steel Flat To A 4x4?

I have a project where I will be screwing some 11" strips of 3/8th flat steel (this one right here https://www.lowes.com/pd/Steelworks-4-ft-x-2-in-Hot-Rolled-Weldable-Steel-Slotted-Metal-Flat-Bar/...
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Best way to hide counter sunk screws

How can I best hide these screw heads? Wood filler probably will crack...
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advice for glue-and-screw butt joint

I am an amateur, building a set of kid’s beds. I have prepared side rails, headboard and footboard; I am ready to attach everything. I intend simple end-to-face butt joints with glue and screws. I ...
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Endgrain screw withdrawal force

The engineering toolbox has a screw withdrawal strength calculator but it assumes the screws are perpendicular to the grain. I could not find a calculator for screws installed parallel to the grain, ...
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Triple bunk bed design safety and difficulty

pdf link to plan I am planning to build this triple bunk this weekend. I plan to add “cleats” (not sure if this is the correct word) in the form of 2inx4in’s between the sections, on the inner side ...
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What kind and size screws should I use to fix a 5.5cm thick oak table?

I am building a solid oak table made our of 4 boards which will have some limited space (1-2mm) in between them and I will be fixing each of these on 3 metal longitudinal bars (2*3 screws for each ...
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Any reason to add screws if I only want to use glue?

Building some bunk beds that will be pretty permanent and my plan was just to glue everything to make it nice and sturdy. If I'm gluing is there any reason to use screws at all, trying to make it look ...
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Pocket holes vs screwed butt joint

I took a woodworking course recently in which we learned the screwed butt joint technique. While it's not the prettiest, it is very fast and relatively easy to get right. It appears the pocket-hole ...
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Affixing masonite to plywood by example

I'm making a simple woodworking table (nothing fancy but want it to be sturdy + flat) and I'm looking for the best way to affix a 1/4" thick sheet of masonite/hardboard to a 3/4" sheet of plywood. My ...
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Stronger attachment method for B&D Workmate top

I'm refurbishing my 70s vintage Black & Decker Workmate. It’s seen a lot of abuse, but the only thing that ever broke, besides working corners of the plywood vise jaws (which I'm replacing) were ...
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How to screw beer tap into wood without cracking

I am making a live edge shelf, similar to this, with my cousin. It will be about 3 feet long, 8 inches deep, and 1 inch thick. I want to attach beer taps too it about every 5-6 inches, but I am ...
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What screw is best with treated lumber?

I have some projects coming up for the garden and I want to use some screws with the raised beds. I recently was told certain screws get 'eaten' by the chemical used for treating the lumber. If this ...
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Making a Wooden Vise (or wooden screw thread)

I want to build a moravian workbench. I am trying to decide between a wooden screw from Lake Erie or trying to cut my own thread with a tap and die set. Does anyone have any experience with cutting ...
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Guess How much Weight the table can hold

i am new to wood working and just made my first wood table. I was trying to calculate how much weight will it hold on its top but i cannot reach any conclusion. So if any of you have any experience ...
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Are "brass" wood screws liable to be fake, or am I just using them too roughly?

I bought some "brass" wood screws yesterday at a local hardware store and they were bending and breaking off in the hole. I compared them to some brass screws I had ordered from Fastenal, a commercial ...
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Drop-in threaded hole for screw?

I've got a work bench I built, and the top is 3/4" MDF. I have a lightweight drill press that I'd like to be able to fix to the top as needed. My thought was to somehow have a couple of threaded ...
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How to permanently bond metal screws into wood?

My sister recently gave my daughter a toy train set. It's sturdy enough —the axels are thick and strong— but they have screw-in brass eyes and hooks to join the carriages together. These only take 5 ...
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How Can I Attach a Chain to an Eye Hook?

I'm looking to replicate this configuration of a thin chain and eye hook. It looks to me that all that is required to replicate this after getting a new chain and hook is to cut the bottom link of ...
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End grain mitre joints for outside

I'm making bird houses and I have been screwing the joints together. I have been drilling a pilot hole (2mm bit) and using 3mm X 30mm screws. I hung one in my garden and noticed that a couple of ...
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