The subtleties of driving a screw
Strong, budget-friendly, and reversible, screws are useful in a number of furniture making applications.
Synopsis: Strong, budget-friendly, and reversible, screws are useful in a number of furniture making applications. Mike Korsak uses them in a variety of different ways, and here he offers his expertise on how to make the most of them: choosing the right screw, sizing drill bits for the job, correctly sizing the clearance hole and countersink, and putting together a fast and efficient routine when using them to build furniture.
I frequently use screws in my furniture, in places where they won’t be seen like the backs, bottoms, or insides of pieces. First and foremost, screws allow me to fine-tune the fit of a joint or assembly before committing to permanently joining parts. I can assemble parts, disassemble to make adjustments, and then reassemble. Second, screws add strength. When installed properly, they are extremely strong in terms of clamping force, shear strength, and resistance to…