|Forum topic by JustaLilJoinery||posted 08-24-2013 03:25 AM||794 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
08-24-2013 03:25 AM
I’m just finishing off my last online order of t track etc and before I clicked BUY, I thought about fasteners.
I don’t have a lot on hand and I want to be able to just start building since I have some uninterrupted time coming up and would like to get into the ‘Zone’ and not have to stop and run to the store for anything. Once I actually looked I was shocked at how many finishing nails and drywall screws that I have and almost nothing else! (well nothing where I could even find more than 3 or 4 matches – which to me seems useless in terms of building some multi-functional jigs)
I was wondering, when you are making mostly jigs for your projects (because this is what I will focus on before my projects) what are the 5 top, best or most frequently used fasteners that you use?
My jigs will be a lot of 1/2 and 3/4” birch ply some particle board (1/4 and 1/8) as well as 3/4 hardwoods which is mostly scrap given to me by a friend who works in a molding manufacturing joint. I also have some melamine leftover from my kitchen reno that I’d like to use up where that nice finished surface will be handy. Off the top of my head, it’s 3/4” – I’m just thinking that knowing what general materials I will use for the jigs would narrow down the fastener types.
Looking for any suggestions that aren’t simple nails and screws if you have any tips. My tips for what they are worth are to collect some bearings when you come across them cheaply as well as high quality skateboard wheels from boards that are either damaged or sold at second hand shops and magnets from anywhere – things you take apart to salvage, computers (my first building profession) as well as ladies who try to clear out their craft supplies on CL.
Anyways, any short list of some minimums to have on hand are appreciated.
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