A Guide to Modern Wood Screws
They’re stronger, easier to drive and hold a lot better, too
Synopsis: Faster, cheaper, stronger, and usually better suited to the job, modern wood screws get high marks from Aimé Ontario Fraser. She compares modern wood screws to old ones and describes the improvements made over the years. Illustrations and photographs detail their many features, which include narrower shanks, sharper threads, and multiple drive options. Side information addresses problems associated with driving wood screws.
The traditional, cut-formed wood screw, which is commonly called a tapered wood screw, has changed little since it was first made by machine more than 100 years ago. Walk into any hardware store or home center, and you will find it in a wide range of sizes and lengths.
In recent years, however, a new breed of wood screw has come along. Because of the way it’s designed and built, this modern wood screw enjoys several advantages over the traditional version. Although the acceptance of this screw by…