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#1 posted 02-05-2013 02:24 PM

I generally use what screws I have on hand at the time, or whatever the store stocks. Then I use the appropriate size drill bits to make pilot holes as needed. For wood screws, I would drill an initial pilot hole for the upper shank portion of the screw, then drill deeper with a smaller diameter bit for the threaded portion. With hardwoods I would make the threaded portion of the pilot hole just a little smaller than the diameter of the threads, or just enough to give them some bite. For softwoods I make the threaded portion smaller to give the screw a little more bite.

For all of this, I generally don’t measure anything.. just hold drill bit against the screw and eye it for the right size. I often put just a touch of wax on the screw for hardwoods, to help them drive in easier.

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