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

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Mullion Brass Grommets?

I have a house that was built 1904. The mullions, etc., were secured with brass woodscrews through brass housings than are much like grommets in appearance. I do not know what they are called. I need ...
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What are the advantages of countersinking screws?

What are the advantages of drilling a countersink rather than just trying to force the screw head past the plane of the wood? What are situations when you would or would not countersink?
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What size pilot hole should I drill for for a specific size of screw?

I am trying to install a safe using 8mm coach screws (legislation dictates this is the minimum required size) into Jarrah. What size pilot holes should I drill? Is there a standard reference chart? I ...
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Are there specific types of screws I should use for woodworking?

I'm wondering what types of screws I should use for woodworking and what types I shouldn't be using as well. For example, Are deck screws OK? What about a square head vs. Phillips? Does the type of ...
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What is this type of screw from a piece of flat-pack furniture called?

Does anyone know what this type of screw is called in the UK? I ask because I have some flat pack furniture that has been sitting in the attic for ages, and now I try to assemble it I find some of ...
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Advice for setting screws in dense wood

The Janka Hardness Test provides a scale for the hardness of woods. Toward the higher end, wood can be particularly difficult to drive screws into and even a pilot hole may not be adequate. Is there a ...
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How to make proper pilot holes

This is related to the question about Replacing small drill bits without buying new sets (or preventing breaks) but I wanted to expand on this. I think I'm just using cheap bits and much like the OP ...
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How do I identify the appropriate size fastener for my application?

I often find myself guessing based on what I have on hand. Are there some objective guidelines for how to select the proper size? I'm usually thinking about three attributes: Length Length is ...