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Forum topic by RHINO965 posted 01-13-2014 02:30 PM 1145 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2014 02:30 PM

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Sorry if this is a repeat.

I am a beginner so forgive me ignorance. I am setting up my shop and was wondering what are some good screw sizes to keep handy. I am not making anything in particular just yet and basically just getting a jump in case inspiration strikes. I would appreciate any insight.

-- My project isn't square, but atleast I still got all my fingers.

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#1 posted 01-13-2014 04:57 PM

I’ve found I can’t possibly store every size I’ll ever need. So I settled on using #8 flathead screws (mostly) and keep an inventory of 1”, 1 1/4”, 1 1/2” (most used), as well as 2”. I have a small box of 3/4” for the odd occassions I need them. I also forbid slotted screws in my shop, and only allow phillips in case of emergency. Otherwise they are are square drive. I also keep some cabinet hangers on hand (#10, 3” with large washer heads) since a lot of the stuff I make needs to be put on the wall.

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#2 posted 01-13-2014 05:12 PM

Go to McFeeleys and get their assortment – it comes with square drivers and bins for storage.

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#3 posted 01-13-2014 05:29 PM

Just looked at the McFeeleys web site and found this for an assortment of screws. Seems like the Description is a bit off on this one.

#10 Clear Zinc Plated Flat Head Screw Assortment – GID 1 7Y178 – Bin Color Yellow Bins

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•2 reinforced utility pockets that tuck into front pockets when no in use-angled corners make it easy to grab screws and nails
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•2 front pockets with bellows
•Pencil pocket and secure wallet pocket
•2 back Cordura®-lined pockets with bellows
•Hammer loop
•Reinforced rule pocket
•Quality YKK zipper
•Mobile phone pocket
•7 wide and thin belt loops-strategically placed to pants won`t pull down!

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#4 posted 01-13-2014 06:45 PM

@Richard, I don’t know what kind of cheap screws you’re buying, but all of mine are triple-stitched :)

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#5 posted 01-13-2014 06:55 PM

As a part-time woodworker, I use #8 1.25” wood screws with square drive the most. If you are planning pocket hole joinery in anything, 1.25” pocket hole screws are perfect for .75” stock. I’ve rarely used anything else for pocket hole joinery. Like Fred Hargis, I also keep 3” cabinet installation screws on hand.

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#6 posted 01-13-2014 08:53 PM

gtbuzz , yea gotta start getting better quality. But if you check thier site you can find some 5” hook & loop sanding disks with the same description as the screws.

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 10:19 PM

dup – my bad

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 10:23 PM

I don’t think it’s possible to have a collection of connectors that is too big or too organized. For screws, get every size and as many as you can afford. Every time you go to the store, bring home another box of screws. In six months, you’ll have quite a supply. If there was a size I needed to buy, I bought a box instead of a bag. That way, when I need it again, it’s there. If you’re looking for anything specific, like Kreg’s screws, keep Amazon in mind. If you buy them by the 500 or 1,000 box, they’re sometimes cheaper there. I think an assortment of square drive wood screws from 1/4” up through 3” is a good place to start. I keep all sizes in that range in several gauges and colors, but always square drive whenever possible. I also love Kreg screws so I think I have some of every size they make, including the HD, fine thread and coarse. I also keep lots of drywall screws from 1” up through 4”, a complete set of machine screws, lag bolts, carriage bolts, washers, nuts, probably 30 different types/sizes of nails, and basically everything else I can find/scavenge gets put in my drawers/bins. I rarely need to interrupt a project for lack of the correct connector. The little portable, suitcase-style separator bins are nice. I went with the wall-mounted ones, which are a little more but very convenient. I bought a label-maker machine but as you can see, none of my stuff is labeled yet. I’ve only had it a year-and-a-half, so I’m just not quite ready to use it yet . . . ;-)

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 12:25 AM

Thanks everyone, it’s wanted i needed to hear to help convince the wife!!

-- My project isn't square, but atleast I still got all my fingers.

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