Craftsmen who rely on well-cut joints for their finer projects still find screws handy for reinforcing these joints, as well as for attaching hardware, assembling jigs and bending forms, and making utility furniture, writes George Mustoe. Here, he discusses the basics of how wood screws work, varieties among types, and how wood screws are made. He talks about their mechanical properties and drilling pilot holes – the root of most screwdriving problems. Related articles by Paul Bertorelli and Michael Podmaniczky discuss drywall screws and pilot bits.

From Fine Woodworking #60