That's a decision I've made many, many times thanks
to HD's monopolization and complete fuckover of U.S.
hardware quality. Still, some projects are always going
to have visible screwheads somewhere, such as the
tiny #3 Philips screws used just about everywhere
Hmm. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I prefer the little square.
I think the Robertson screws may have acquired a bad reputation because they
were used extensively in "production" cabinetry.
People thought if a cabinet had "square head" screws it must have come off a
production line. que no?
I like my work to look at least 40 years old. Traditional
finishes such as shellac or linseed oil are a start. Hardware
is the crowning touch, so no screw heads that you wouldn't
find on something 4 decades old.
"Ignoramus6479" wrote in message
There are two kinds of Philips wood screws. The better ones fit the
screwdriver like hand and glove, stay on it and maintain the
direction. The "other kind" do not, they wiggle out and are a huge
pain to use to start holes in awkward positions, etc.
If you were smart, you would get the square drive or better yet, the Torx
drive ceramic coated screws. Run in easy and do not break or strip easily.
I have left the easy stripping phillips head screws in my past, thankfully,
-- Jim in NC
As many others have noted, there are lots of screw types that look like
Phillips, and one must match screw to screwdriver.
The issue I suspect was that people needed to avoid Phillips patents. I
have an old #2 Phillips drive that is marked as being licensed under US
patent 2,507,231. I bought the driver in the late 1960s in Baltimore.
I'm pretty sure it was made by Stanley, from the day when they made the
For instance, there is a Japanese standard that is visually identical to
Phillips, but the drivers are not interchangable, so if one worked on
much Japanese-built equipment, one got Japanese screwdrivers. This was
particularly true of cameras and optics.
Better drivers, Philips or straight, are hollow ground to
prevent camout. You'll never see a wedge-ground straight
tip for a power driver. Worn wedge-ground drivers can
be hollow ground for the same benefit.
Trivia -- the Philips in Sony-Philips, who invented the
CD, is the same company that invented both the
Philips driver and the compact audio cassette.
FWIW, Phillips also developed Pozidrive and several other screw heads.
They have a web site at <http://www.phillips-screw.com/contact.htm .
Also, the big Dutch electronics company spells it with one "l", the
screw manufacturer with two.
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