Which screws for end grain?

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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 08-30-2018 05:20 PM 863 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2018 05:20 PM

I’m putting the finishing touches on an end table I’m making from a 4” thick poplar round. I ordered a set of hairpin leg which should arrive at my home tomorrow. What type of screws should I use to attach the legs to the round? Specifically…..should I use a fastener with coarse or fine threads?

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#1 posted 08-30-2018 06:12 PM

Usually, sets of legs like that will come with screws. Chances are they will be adequate for the job. Just be sure to drill pilot holes equal in diameter or slightly smaller than the screw shank measured in the valley between the threads. Poplar is not the hardest of woods. So be sure not to over torque them. In my judgement, if the screws that come with the legs are too short to provide about 3/4” penetration, I would replace them with some longer ones. Ordinarily, putting screws into end grain would present splitting or holding problems. In your case your round is beefy enough that it should not split from the screws and, if your screws are long enough,, they should hold OK.

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#2 posted 08-30-2018 06:36 PM

Everything bilyo said. I’ll add that I use GRK washer-head screws and they hold tight even in end grain. The threads are engineered to cut and really bite into the grain. Also, the tips are type 17 which are very effective.

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 02:48 AM

Thanks for the guidance.

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