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08-11-2015 03:52 AM


I am a beginner and have a number of basic tools already, however my questions comes about screws

what length screws should i start off with or is it better to get a batch of multiple lengths and go from there.


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#1 posted 08-11-2015 04:02 AM

Why not decide what you need once you decide on a project?

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#2 posted 08-11-2015 07:13 AM

1-1/2” is the most common size I use, followed by 2-1/2”. But I keep 1/2”, 3/4”, 2”, and 3” on hand.


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#3 posted 08-11-2015 07:59 PM

After almost 50+ years in woodworking, no mater what you have it will not be what you need!

I have only one suggestion, only use Phillips/”crosshead” screws.
You will have fewer damaged projects and injured fingers.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 08-11-2015 09:41 PM

I was thinking in a completely different direction, sorry.

I would agree with Cricket. Decide what you want to make, then get the appropriate length and type of screw.

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#5 posted 08-11-2015 11:14 PM

I think my woodworking screw collection got started when I built our front stoop. They’re all bugle head deck screws. I’ve added a few lengths to the mix and added some small brass ones as I’ve gone along. Yea, buy the screws you need for the project, then refill them as they get used.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#6 posted 08-12-2015 02:10 AM

Correction, I meant to write 1-1/4” is the most common size I use.


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#7 posted 08-12-2015 04:11 AM

Following the advice in this forum may get you all ”screwed” up!

…..... that’s a joke son, there is good advice here as there is in most forums

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#8 posted 08-12-2015 04:07 PM

Don’t worry about it you will accumulate screws as you build projects.

The biggest thing is don’t try to use the wrong screw because you don’t want to make a trip to the hardware store!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 08-12-2015 04:21 PM

I use mostly 1” and 1/4” sq head drive… number 8… The only small problem with sq head drive is they seem to stick on the drive bit… A little oil on the drive bit helps…

My son built an add on bedroom to his house and used all 3” sq drive screws for the frame work, 2”/4” and such..

Very strong.. Ron

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#10 posted 08-12-2015 04:27 PM

Spax and GRK screws are efficient as well.

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#11 posted 08-12-2015 04:37 PM

My prefered screws for wood working are Fastap for a number of reasons that are best described on the Web site, but most of all, I have never broken one of these screws.

They are available from Amazon and that is where I buy them now that my favorite lumber yard closed after 110 years in business.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 08-12-2015 07:50 PM

Ive went to using mostly hex head #8 screws for a number of reasons. The top two being strength & looks. Everyone has their own preference. The main thing is don’t choke your shop up w/screws. Its pointless. Buy them as you work on your projects.

-- Sawdust703

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#13 posted 08-12-2015 07:57 PM

Most used in my shop are 1 1/4”. These are the only screws I buy in bulk (and 1000 max)

I also agree with “buy as you work”

It’s also been here is that whatever you have on hand, won’t be what you need. This has been my experience as well.

-- Nicky

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#14 posted 08-12-2015 09:37 PM

Can’t add much here to the above, however, #8’s will probably be your most common screw size. If you venture into the pocket hole screw craze, buy lots of them, they get used up fast.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#15 posted 08-12-2015 09:46 PM

I can’t let this go without another tip. You will buy more screws than you will use. You will save all the extra screws. You will buy/make little containers to hold them. You will spend countless hours sorting through your collection to find the “one” that you need. And, you will end up going to your local hardware man to get what you need (of which you will buy more than you need, ad nauseum. Don’t worry about it though, it’s all part of the woodworkers circle of life. Welcome to the circle.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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