Maple's too hard not to pre-drill. In my opinion.
"DerbyDad03" wrote in message
I needed to throw together a sliding table for my table saw to cut some
circles from a 2 x 8. (Emergency garbage can repair - the plastic wheels
cracked, so I made 2 wooden ones.)
I had a scrap of maple so I cut a runner and grabbed a package of
borg-bought #6 x 5/8" wood screws that I had in a drawer. I was confident
that I wouldn't split the runner with the small screws so I didn't
The first screw went through the plywood and snugged up nicely in the maple.
The second one drove down to the head and then just spun. I had to pry it
out because it just spun in both directions.
When I got it out, I found this:
It sure shows how crappy these screws are, seeing that a piece of maple was
able to strip the threads completely off.