I'm planning on attached a 3/4 inch thick support piece (under table) to some 1 3/4 cherry. Will the standard length kreg screws be sufficient? I'd like to skip the trip to the store. Also will be attached some 1 3/4 square stretchers and again plan on using kreg screws and glue. If I use a 2" screw, do I need to adjust the depth of the hole? Also, I only have coarse thread screws in the longer dimension. I know kreg recommends fine thread for hardwood. Any big downside on coarse thread?
On Saturday, November 10, 2012 11:04:17 AM UTC-6, Gramp's shop wrote:
If I understand your project, I think it would work fine. I use the Kreg screws for a lot of purposes other than pocket joints. In fact, they are a pretty economical utility screw.
I have had bad luck using the coarse screws for face joints in hardwood. Driving the coarse screws that close to the surface has resulted in cracks and an occasional blow-out. If you are going straight down into the hardwood you will probably be OK but you might want to test on a piece of scrap first.
I would use 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" fine for your first above, but you can
certainly use a bit longer screw to go into the 1 3/4" stock for some extra
strength. When attaching two different wood thicknesses you generally use
the thinner thickness to set the jig to drill the holes, and a screw length
that gets you enough strength without going completely through the
receiving stock. As far as coarse or fine, use the type designated for
where most of the threads will be engaged.
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