All the Wood Screws Information You Need
All types of wood screws have fewer threads per inch than sheet metal and machine screws. You’ll have access to a wide range of wood screw lengths thanks to varying unthreaded shanks. These smooth shank areas allow the top piece of wood to be pulled flush against your underside, but without the risk of bulking or moving by getting caught on the thread.
You’ll also want to match the head type to suit your needs. Flat and bugle heads with square or Phillips drives are typically the best choice because they’ll end up flush with or slightly below the surface of the wood after installation. Ovals provide a bit of decoration thanks to the rounded top that sits on your wood surface.
Part of the All Points mission is to share our wood screw information so your team can operate better or your DIY project goes smoothly. Here are a few of our favorite tips for drilling wood screws:
• Drill pilot holes to help ensure your wood screw goes in straight.
• Study your job beforehand to make sure you get the right wood screw size and length. For example, the length of your wood screws should typically be 1/8 of an inch less than the thickness of the wood being joined.
• Small, fat screws typically don’t give as good a hold as longer screws, even if they have a smaller diameter.
• Soap or beeswax are a great coating when working on dense hardwoods.
• If you’re replacing a rusted-out screw that seem stuck, briefly heat it up with a soldering iron. Heat will expand it, then it’ll contract as it cools. This gives you a little extra room for removal.
All Points Fasteners is the only screw team you’ll need, whether it’s screw advice, buying your woodworking screws, trying products for free or solving that nagging, custom problem. Reach out today.