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11-21-2014 02:11 AM

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I will be installing some hardware that requires #1 and #2 brass screws. Heretofore, I have used a Vix bit and a steel screws with paste wax when using brass screws, but I haven’t been able to find those items in this small size. How do you install tiny brass screws without twisting them off in the work piece? How do you ensure they are centered in the hardware opening? Thanks for all suggestions.

-- Art

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#1 posted 11-21-2014 02:21 AM

When I want brass screws I get a couple of steel screws the same size and install them then replace with brass as I go. The steel screws go in as normal and make the hole and fit proper. The brass screws then just go back where the steel was with the same fit, but a lot less stress on the softer brass screws. Bit time consuming but then I am not known for getting a project done fast. Hope this is helpful.

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 02:21 AM


I would cut them in with steel screws of the same size first,back the steel screw out and screw in the brass screw


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#3 posted 11-21-2014 02:43 AM

Doesn’t anybody read? lol

When I can’t find a steel screw I use a small drill bit and pre drill the hole. I usually place the hardware where I want it and trace the circle then remove the hardware and pre-drill the hole. I can usually come close enough eye ballling the center of the hole.

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 04:50 PM

I use an old ice pick to taper the hole, an awl is to fat and not tapered long enough for these fine small screws.
So, here is the sequence … 1) predrill, 2) reshape the hole with the ice pick, 3) pre thread with the steel screw,(if you have one) 4) gently install the brass screw … if it seems to be a bit tight, expand the hole with the ice pick. And yes, I do use paraffin wax on the screw threads.
Hey Art, Please let us know which method works best for you …

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 04:55 PM

Will these do the job?

I have set, have not used for brass screws yet. But I have used with a number of cheap small steel screws.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 05:45 PM

I would use the 5/64 vix bit to just dimple the wood so that is centered, than you can finish drilling appropriate size for screw. I to run a steel screw in and out to thread the hole. Brass screws that size have to be pretty weak, and I thought 4s and 6s were weak. I did find some brass plated steel screws in 4s and 6s finally.

best wishes Lynn

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 12:33 AM

Thanks for the suggestions thus far. I am leaning toward marking the hole center with my Vix bit, then using drill bits to enlarge the holes to fit the screws. I will be extremely careful to back out the brass screws at the first sign of resistance and I will wax them. I have already removed more than my fair share of twisted off screws. :/

This is a project for a paying customer that might open up additional possibilities so I want to make this box as close to perfect as I am able.

-- Art

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