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sheared brass screw

by Pitt
posted 09-26-2018 11:31 PM


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Rich

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#1 posted 09-26-2018 11:45 PM

This is what I use.

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/screw-extractor-1-4

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Pitt

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#2 posted 09-27-2018 12:18 AM

Thanks Rich

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shampeon

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#3 posted 09-27-2018 12:29 AM

Go get some brass tubing in a hobby or hardware store. Make sure it’s just slightly larger than the diameter of the screw threads. Cut a couple teeth into the end with a file. Chuck it into a drill and drill out the screw, slowly.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#4 posted 09-27-2018 01:28 AM

When that happens to me I drill a hole right next to the broken screw. Then push it over into the hole. Then the fix is to drill a hole with a drill press just bigger then both. Its usually 3/16 for me.I also make the plug with a dowel plate.

-- Aj

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Lazyman

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#5 posted 09-27-2018 03:28 AM

If the top of the broken screw isn’t too deep, I have had luck using a small 6 in. Long Nose Locking Pliers from Harbor freight to grab the top and unscrew it . You may have to chip out a little wood to get a good grip.

Correction: I think that it is actually the long nose plier from this HF mini locking plier set.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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CaptainKlutz

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#6 posted 09-27-2018 10:12 AM

+1 Rich’s screw extractor solution from Woodcraft. Especially for broken screw in side of board like one shown.

Hate using solid brass screws in hardwood. I replace all brass screws that come with small hardware with brass plated steel screws. You can still break heads off if you try hard, but they have a much more predictable break point .vs. fragile solid brass screws.

Best Luck.

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#7 posted 09-27-2018 11:06 AM

I have used the Woodcraft screw extractor a few times.

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#8 posted 09-27-2018 11:25 AM

This is a really good topic. I think it will happen to all of us at one point or another. I think I will buy the screw extractors. Thanks for posting and all the replies.

-- Petey

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Pitt

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#9 posted 09-27-2018 12:04 PM

Thanks everyone – as usual, very helpful advice

Pitt

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Rich

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#10 posted 09-27-2018 02:02 PM

I always use a lubricant as well. Through the years I’ve used a soap bar, beeswax and others, but lately I found a product called Screw Wax that comes in a tin and works well. What I like about it versus other commercial products I’ve tried is that it doesn’t stain the wood. FastCap makes a similar product that does a good job of lubricating the threads, but soaks in and darkens the wood.

You can find the Screw Wax product lots of places.

https://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/sc98957/

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theart

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#11 posted 09-27-2018 03:15 PM

My first go would be cutting a slot in the top with a Dremel and thin cutoff wheel. Then backing it out with a screw driver. Shampeon’s tube approach if that doesn’t work. I try to avoid extractors that small, because I usually end up snapping them.

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