What Screws for Oak

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Forum topic by WoodTwirp posted 04-11-2018 02:28 AM 634 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2018 02:28 AM

Hi All – What are the best screws for oak. Will drywall screws turn the oak black like a plain steel screw will. I have tons of drywall screws and would rather use those than buying stanless.

Also, any ideas on how to hold a screw in permanently? I was thinking epoxy???? I don’t want them to back out after some wear and tear.

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 02:45 AM

Stainless is pricey for sure. I use a combination
of plated square drive screws and those gold
plated phillips-head screws in hardwoods
usually. More threads per inch are generally
better for hardwoods but if you drill the pilot
holes right the coarse thread ones work ok.
The black screws in addition to being brittle
(can snap off if your pilot holes are too small)
they will rust. I don’t know if they will discolor
oak if they’re not exposed to moisture but I’d
recommend against using them in visible
locations to be safe.

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 02:48 AM

I use coated deck screws or spax if I need a washer or panhead. Drywall screws are more brittle than most screws and are prone to break in tougher woods like oak.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 03:16 AM

Spax or GRKs

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 03:28 AM

I’m with the spax guys. They are great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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