How to screw into the edge of plywood?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by blackthumb posted 04-15-2008 01:31 AM 7511 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View blackthumb's profile


32 posts in 3963 days

04-15-2008 01:31 AM

I know there must be some way to do it, what is the best?

8 replies so far

View GaryK's profile


10262 posts in 4253 days

#1 posted 04-15-2008 01:44 AM

Drill a hole and glue in a dowel, then drive your screw into that.

Make the dowel as large as you can.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

View DovetailNJ's profile


9 posts in 3985 days

#2 posted 04-15-2008 02:02 AM

Use confirmat screws, they’re designed for that purpose.
You’ll need to pre-drill for them, but they work well.
Hafele sells them.


View Mershon's profile


13 posts in 3969 days

#3 posted 04-15-2008 03:39 AM

the dowel works well for a tougher joint. I think the secret is to not overtighten it. Definately predrill and drive the screw by hand…..Trya screw with a big bite as well like a sheet rock screw or similar

-- Soli Deo Gloria

View blackthumb's profile


32 posts in 3963 days

#4 posted 04-15-2008 03:50 AM

Yes, the dowel idea sounds good. What about screwing into composition wood or particle board?

View Don Niermann  's profile

Don Niermann

219 posts in 4237 days

#5 posted 04-15-2008 03:55 AM

Drill a pilot hole and squirt in cyanoacrylate glue. It will provide a good grip.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

View Jim Crockett (USN Retired)'s profile

Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

852 posts in 3998 days

#6 posted 04-15-2008 04:17 AM

I don’t know if GaryK was referring to drilling a hole into the edge and inserting a dowel or drilling from the side and inserting a dowel. For me, the best way, if the project allows it, is to drill through from the side insert the dowel, drill a pilot hole and screw into the side of the dowel rather than the end grain. Either way will work but you get a lot more strength inserting the dowel so that you aren’t screwing into the end grain of the dowel.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

View Eric's profile


875 posts in 4048 days

#7 posted 04-15-2008 04:47 AM

And be sure that you’re screwing perpendicular to the grain of the dowel too.

-- Eric at

View blackthumb's profile


32 posts in 3963 days

#8 posted 04-15-2008 05:12 AM

Yes, dowel from the side, how far in from the edge should it be? I imagine a half inch or more.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics