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Forum topic by Jim B posted 04-27-2015 04:09 AM 968 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim B

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04-27-2015 04:09 AM

Topic tags/keywords: screw hardware american usa table

When looking at ways to attach a table top while allowing for movement, I have come across two prodominat methods in my mind. The first being using z-clips ( http://www.leevalley.com/US/Hardware/page.aspx?p=40146&cat=3,43586,43588&ap=1 ) and the second being figure eights ( http://woodworker.com/desktop-fasteners-mssu-866-826.asp ). Both require screws. I an attempt to use only American made materials in my projects, I am having trouble finding American made screws. Can anyone recommend an American made screw or another method of attaching a table top? Thanks.


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mandatory66

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#1 posted 04-27-2015 04:23 AM

I have refurbished some old Singer sewing machine cabinets and found the screws to be of much higher grade than anything I can find today. They are made of hard steel and I value them to the degree I save any I can get. I just made two raised panel Oak doors for a cabinet and while installing the hinges using pilot holes two screws broke in half. Total made in china junk. Good luck in your search.

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 05:48 AM

I find McFeely’s hardware superior in quality and selection.
They have heat treated steel, choice of plating/color, thread style, and more.
McFeelys.com
800-443-7937

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#3 posted 04-27-2015 10:55 AM

I can’t remember the last time I saw an American screw. I’m sure they exist, but as tough to find as an episode of Roy Underhill without a bandaid on his finger! Most of the McFeely’s screws i have (my main supplier) are imports. You might give Quickscrews a glance, I don’t remember if they list origin or not. Good luck with the quest, if you come across a good source let us know.

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#4 posted 04-27-2015 11:39 AM

Quality products can be made overseas, even in China, if the company that runs the plant operates under good management with modern equipment and with good quality control procedures. I imagine that Mcfeeleys runs the plant or purchases from a reliable company that does so.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 04-27-2015 02:07 PM

The web site for SPAX screws says they are made in Bryan, OH since 2006.

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#6 posted 04-27-2015 04:10 PM

These guys – Mutual Screw and Supply in NJ ( http://www.mutualscrew.com/usa-made-fasteners-19381/top.html ) have a section devoted to only US made fasteners which may be suitable. Just found them with a quick google search for “US Screw Manufacturer”.

Cheers,
Brad

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#7 posted 04-27-2015 08:36 PM

I think I may have found what I’m looking for. http://www.gouletoem.com Im sure they’re going to be quite a bit more expensive and most likely perform the same, but its the principle in this case for me. (they also have a pretty cool video of one of their old machines manufacturing them.) Thanks for everyones help!

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#8 posted 04-27-2015 09:56 PM

SPAX, but I’m not sure how small they go. They’re used a lot in framing, most of the ones I’ve used were fairly big.

Wayne

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#9 posted 04-27-2015 11:33 PM

A few weeks ago we all got a good American screw on tax day

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#10 posted 04-27-2015 11:41 PM

I have boxes of #6 1/2” (pan) and 5/8” (flat) Spax screws. Great product.

-- Tar Heelz, Durham, NC USA

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