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Posted on nails vs screws for plywood desks

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 05:09 PM

It would depend on the plywood used. If you used Baltic Birch, glue and nails or screws would be fine. Cheap big box plywood or MDF; no way. You may be better off using pine shelving or glued panels.

I just realized you had the pieces already cut and primed. That changes things. For strength, you need to use joints of some sort. Butt joints won’t make it. Check with the catalogs on-line; Rockler, Woodcraft, etc for knockdown hardware. these are used with butt joints for sturdy connections, no glue needed.

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