Maloof rocker with a stripped screw

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 07-21-2012 04:43 PM 2292 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2012 04:43 PM

So today I was working on my newest Maloof rocker, this one built from 8/4 tiger maple. I was done for the morning grinding and sanding and decided to put the screws in the legs. I was using 3” stainless steel square head screws and half way through the 10 screws I stripped one out with the head just barely sticking out. Initially I freaked out and had to remember to not screw out curse words because the neighbor kids were out :). I decided to use a 1/2 drill bit to remove the head and then plug the rest of the screw under ebony. While I was using the 1/2 drill bit I realized that I took the stripped part off and was able to reseat the square headed bit. Thought I would share my little situation so that if anyone else faces this problem they have a solution.

Stripped screw

After using 1/2 drill bit

Small bit of metal shavings


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#1 posted 07-21-2012 05:24 PM

GRKs rock, you might want to give them some consideration when doing your fine
woodworking projects. Nice rocker yellowtruck 75!

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#2 posted 07-21-2012 05:51 PM


Thank you!

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 03:51 AM

Any particular reason you were using stainless screws? Will you continue to use them?



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#4 posted 07-22-2012 03:56 AM

Thanks for sharing. My experience with stainless screws is that they are to soft and tend to strip out or break.

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#5 posted 07-22-2012 04:09 AM

When I use stainless or brass screws I buy the same exact size screw in steel if available. Pilot the hole and run the steel screw in first, let it thread the hole, then replace it with the softer screw. A little parrafin on the threads helps as well.

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#6 posted 07-22-2012 04:12 AM

I can’t see a brass screw being used in a Maloof type chair… It must be a strong screw… brass is not strong.

For other projects, the steel / brass combo works great!

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 05:40 AM

Nice advice! Thanks!

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 04:54 AM

Nice save!

I use deck screws from the BORG. Dry Lube screws from McFeely’s are also a good option.

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