Wood Screw, Nail, and Fastener Basics
There are a number of various fasteners, to the point where it can be overwhelming. But know what to use in the various situation that arise can be invaluable.
What makes a wood screw a wood screw? In general terms, a wood screw has a tapered shape and relatively coarse threads that allow it to hold well in wood. An un-threaded portion directly below the head allows the screw to pull the mating pieces of wood together for a tight joint.
Common Nail Size, Length, and Gauge.
If you were to take a look down any aisle filled with fasteners at a home improvement store, you would no doubt find your range of choices overwhelming. Anchors, eye bolts, machine screws, spring nuts, weld screws, and simple wood screws are just a few of the possibilities you have to choose from when looking at fasteners. While it would be impossible to review each of the different fasteners and their use, here are some basics.
This is a brief primer on the kinds of fasteners typically encountered by woodworking hobbyists. Keep in mind that the variety of available fasteners is vast, with many specialized fasteners on the market. Therefore, this is not intended to address all aspects of fasteners nor discuss the topic at an in-depth level for commercial or industrial settings. Rather, this article is intended to provide some basic guidance for a relative newcomer to the pastime. Included are some useful charts of dimensional and technical data.
The following chart will help you drill the proper sized holes to achieve the maximum holding power in hard and soft woods.
Well, now that I have admitted that size does count, what more is there to say? Not a lot, really... just a philosophical point to help you do your best work every time.
At one time or another, all of us (even the pros) misidentify a fastener. Not that the guys at the hardware store don't need a chuckle every now and them.
Fastener length is measured from where the material surface is assumed to be, to the end of the fastener.
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