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Forum topic by anthm27 posted 11-18-2015 12:37 AM 669 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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anthm27

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11-18-2015 12:37 AM

Morning all,

I finally sourced some lovely light colored Indonesian hardwood for my Adirondack chairs. (Here in Hong Kong, getting it from Toronto was Too Hard) Not Cheap so I want to get the project right.

My biggest hurdle at the moment is what type of screws to use, preferably stainless I would have thought is better, Once again not a huge selection here in Hong Kong.

I would like to make the screws a feature and have 4 in each seat slat i.e. two per seat slat end. The problem I see with this idea is that I risk the rail or stringer that I am screwing the seat slats into may split long ways

I can source screws from the US if need be. I have attached a pic of a stainless self tapping type screw that originally I thought I could use, it doesn’t seem right to me now and I think the thread not course enough.

Any Ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards
Anth


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#1 posted 11-18-2015 01:22 AM

I think that fine thread (v. coarse) is what you want to use for hardwood. Either way, you will drill pilot holes? And probably countersink them as well. You may want to sink them far enough to use plugs. Stainless is certainly a good choice.

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#2 posted 11-18-2015 02:08 AM

Plugs may pop, go with coated deck screws if available.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#3 posted 11-18-2015 02:16 AM

I use deck screws. Pre drilled. Countersunk with a forstner bit and plugged.

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#4 posted 11-18-2015 02:19 AM

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#5 posted 11-18-2015 04:25 AM


I use deck screws. Pre drilled. Countersunk with a forstner bit and plugged.

- TinWhiskers

Thanks for your reply, when you say plugged what do you mean?
Kind regards

Edit. Ah do you mean you plug after screw is driven so you don’t see the head?

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anthm27

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#6 posted 11-18-2015 04:29 AM



I think that fine thread (v. coarse) is what you want to use for hardwood. Either way, you will drill pilot holes? And probably countersink them as well. You may want to sink them far enough to use plugs. Stainless is certainly a good choice.

- kajunkraft

Thanks for your reply, seems pre drilling required,
Since my original post I have come up with the idea of silicone bronze screws something like this

http://www.fascofastener.com/Default.aspx?page=category%20search%20results&CatList=0&Parent=199&tree=192*Silicon+Bronze*0@@198*Wood+Screws*0@@199*Flat+Head*0

Thanks again

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#7 posted 11-18-2015 05:09 AM


I use deck screws. Pre drilled. Countersunk with a forstner bit and plugged.

- TinWhiskers

Thanks for your reply, when you say plugged what do you mean?
Kind regards

Edit. Ah do you mean you plug after screw is driven so you don t see the head.

yes. At first I would use a dowel rod . Stuck it in the screwed hole, glued and cut off a piece and sanded. Great if you had a dowel rod similar to your wood. Now I have a plug maker bit. Can make plugs out of same material I am working with.

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anthm27

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#8 posted 11-18-2015 05:15 AM


I use deck screws. Pre drilled. Countersunk with a forstner bit and plugged.

- TinWhiskers

Thanks for your reply, when you say plugged what do you mean?
Kind regards

Edit. Ah do you mean you plug after screw is driven so you don t see the head.

yes. At first I would use a dowel rod . Stuck it in the screwed hole, glued and cut off a piece and sanded. Great if you had a dowel rod similar to your wood. Now I have a plug maker bit. Can make plugs out of same material I am working with.

- TinWhiskers

thanks for the reply,
I plan on making the screws a bit of a feature but thanks for the idea, your chair looks great.
Kind Regards
Anth

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#9 posted 11-18-2015 05:17 AM

A decorative screw would be nice too. :o)

Kim

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#10 posted 11-18-2015 07:17 AM

If you do want to plug, many different options, same wood and grain pattern to hide it, cross grain for a slight accent, contrasting wood for a more pronounced accent. I still am not a fan of plugs in the exterior setting if there is allot of moisture/rain on the piece. Here is why, like old spindle back chairs in a house, as wood dries, holes get larger, and the part that goes in them shrinks/gets smaller.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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anthm27

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#11 posted 11-19-2015 12:52 AM



If you do want to plug, many different options, same wood and grain pattern to hide it, cross grain for a slight accent, contrasting wood for a more pronounced accent. I still am not a fan of plugs in the exterior setting if there is allot of moisture/rain on the piece. Here is why, like old spindle back chairs in a house, as wood dries, holes get larger, and the part that goes in them shrinks/gets smaller.

- conifur

Thanks for your say and yes I have definitely decided on visible screws, in actual fact I ordered them in New York overnight, siliconed bronze, flat head, square drive wood screws. NOT CHEAP but hay they wont rust.

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