Use Screws Like a Pro
Get maximum holding power in every situation
Synopsis: No place for screws in woodworking? Don’t be so sure. There are many woodworking tasks where a screw is just the thing. The trick is to select the right screw for the job, and to understand how to get the most holding power from it. Robert Settich takes you through the ins and outs of using screws — from drilling the correct clearance and pilot holes, to dialing in a precise fit, to countersinking and counterboring. He explores the use of screws in solid-wood construction, plywood, and MDF.
Some purists will tell you there’s no place for screws in woodworking. If they mean that screws can’t replace a snug mortise-andtenon or a seamless dovetail joint … ok. But the fact is, screws do the job—and do it well—in many woodworking applications. The trick is to select the right screw for the job, and to understand how to get the…