What Length Screws Do I Need?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Joinery forum

Forum topic by wmgworks posted 01-04-2016 11:21 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View wmgworks's profile


193 posts in 979 days

01-04-2016 11:21 PM

I’m planning on making a pair of Steve Ramsey’s folding saw horses and he uses Pocket Holes to join the legs to the body.

They are made from 2×4s. The legs have a 19 degree bevel and attach to the face of the board. My question is how long of a screw should I use? I don’t have any scews yet to test with so I need to order some. According to the charts I’ve looked up it seems I should use a 2-1/2” screw, but wouldn’t this come close to poking out the other end?


-- Butchering wood since 2015

2 replies so far

View Reaperwoodworks's profile


94 posts in 928 days

#1 posted 01-04-2016 11:38 PM

Nope, 2 1/2 is what you want. Because the screws go in at an angle, they will get up there close to the top, but not close enough to poke through. Make sure your drill has a clutch on it so you can bring down the torque. On my drill I usually set it to 9 (its a dewalt).

Bookmark this for the future.

-- Website:, Youtube:

View wmgworks's profile


193 posts in 979 days

#2 posted 01-04-2016 11:48 PM

Thanks, Mike. That’s one of the charts I was looking at. I just wasn’t sure if because I was attaching at an angle if it would affect the screw length

I was planning on using my impact driver to drive the screws.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics