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09-09-2014 02:55 PM

Topic tags/keywords: brass wood screws

I need a good source for no. 4 wood screws. Brass round head #4×3/8 threaded all the way is what I would like to find. Flat head might work but they need to be threaded all the way. I’m trying to get by with just a simple drill bit for the pilot hole.

If the thread is not full length then the neck will probably cause a problem since I’m not going to be counter sinking for it. Also, since it’s already only 3/8 long I’m worried about holding power since you automatically loose some threads because of the neck. Let’s face it, brass #4 screws are already fragile.

I sure do hope that someone can lead me in the right direction.


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#1 posted 09-09-2014 03:01 PM

Visit a Fastenal store. If they do not have it, they will order it for you.

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 03:05 PM

I found some of these at our local Lowes

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 03:11 PM

Have you tried THREADS FOR THE SOUTH. They are located near the Coke Botteling plant off of Cobb Parkway (US41) in Marietta, GA.

1076 King Industrial Dr, Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 425-3787

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#4 posted 09-09-2014 03:11 PM

I look at first… then, I go from there…

I searched for Brass screws

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#5 posted 09-09-2014 03:15 PM

The best out there are from Horton Brass.

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#6 posted 09-09-2014 03:19 PM

Lew, I found some that are 1/2 long at Lowes but not any that are 3/8’s. Also, I need to buy these in bulk or at least 400 at a time to hold down the cost. These will be for installing inexpensive hinges on the back of boxes and the wood will only be 1/2 inch thick. The ones at Lowes were packed in small qty’s at Lowes in the little plastic bags which are expensive. But they didn’t have 3/8 longs anyways. Thanks for the info.

Actually, the hinges call for #2 screws. They are just too fragile and I have found through experimenting that a # 4 round head will work on these hinges. #4 screws are fragile enough but they sure do beat working with # 2’s.

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#7 posted 09-09-2014 03:26 PM

I have searched for brass screws up through 12 pages on Google with no luck. You can find #4×3/8 but they are not threaded all the way. That leaves the neck problem. The neck is as large as the threads and I figure that it will have to be countersunk else it will probably lead to broken screws since they are so small and fragile.

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#8 posted 09-09-2014 03:30 PM
Not full thread but is has everything else.
Just search Jamestown Distributors and you might find something that will work

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#9 posted 09-09-2014 03:32 PM

You might try McMaster Carr. The illustrations do not show threads all the way (on either style) but that might be because they illustrate with larger sizes, they shorter ones may have the threads. I guess you could call and ask. That link just goes to the screw starting page, if you select your criteria, it takes you to the individual listings, and they have both types in brass in that size.

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#10 posted 09-09-2014 03:42 PM

Thanks, Fred. I ordered 400 from Mcmaster and they aren’t threaded all the way.

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#11 posted 09-09-2014 03:43 PM

try this charles

#854-818 (RH quick screw)

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#12 posted 09-09-2014 03:47 PM

That’s an easy one.
For them, that’s a BIG screw.

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#13 posted 09-09-2014 04:41 PM

Thanks, David. This is not the first time that you have helped me locate something and I really do appreciate it. That screw is exactly what I was looking for and the price is ok. I just ordered 400 screws. They even say that they can be power driven. I don’t think that I will do that but who knows. I’m going to use the right twist drill for the pilot hole, lubricate the threads with soap or beeswax, and carefully drive the screws by hand. I can’t afford to break any screws on these boxes. I’m going to try and run these boxes in groups of 20 to 25 boxes and I think that I have everything worked out except how to sell them. The boxes are mitered corners with visible splines so nothing special. I’ve made a couple of batches so far and they look good. I may try to sell them on Etsy. I’ve seen some similar ones on Etsy and I think that I can be competitive with the prices that they are selling them for. I know that they will have to be good quality though. This won’t be the only thing that I make but I would love to sell at least 500 boxes a year as well as some other things. I’m also planning on adding a laser engraver to my shop and I should be able to add some products with that. The idea is to supplement my social security with a small business. I don’t know – maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree. I’ve got some time to get it going because my wife won’t be retiring for 3 more years. At least that is my game plan if God is willing.

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#14 posted 09-09-2014 04:44 PM

I sure do thank every body for your help.

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#15 posted 09-10-2014 09:21 AM

looks like you found a good source already, but just in case you want another-

I’ve used this site for a couple years now… they seem to have decent stuff at a good price.

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