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Forum topic by boston_guy posted 07-12-2020 10:41 PM 427 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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boston_guy

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07-12-2020 10:41 PM

I’ve been refacing a kitchen island.

Now basically done.

I unscrewed the counter-top some years ago and misplaced the screws. I simply cannot find them. I can’t even remember how they looked like.

Today I pulled out a plastic box I have that contains a huge amount of screws and nails. I tried out different screws and finally found one that fits the 4 holes of the island brackets and the island’s counter-top. It also seemed the right height.

I want to go to a hardware or woodworking store and buy 4 screws of the same size. But I want the screws to stand out from regular screws. This way, if I have to unscrew the counter-top again, it will be easier to identify the screws.

I determined the right size to be 1 1/4”. This way, accounting for the depth of the bracket holes, I end up with half and inch of the screw that actually goes into the counter-top and does not pop through the surface of the counter.

Two questions:

1) Should I get screws that have pointed tips (such as sheetrock screws) or ones that have flat tips?

2) So as to make the new screws stand out from others, I want to get either screws that have their own color (like white), or screws that have a unique head (like round heads). Is this a cool idea or does someone have a better idea?

Please advice.

Below are photos of my project.

-- boston_guy


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John Smith

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#1 posted 07-12-2020 10:59 PM

I would use standard drywall screws – no need to overthink it.

question: what is the worst thing that could happen if you used the “wrong” screws ??

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#2 posted 07-12-2020 11:02 PM

That’s just a drywall screw. Its a ok fine screw for wood maybe not very good if your screwing into partial board. The other consideration is the bugle shape might travel through your bracket. But you could always add a washer to stop that.
That screw would be fine for plywood.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#3 posted 07-12-2020 11:03 PM

I prefer the washer head screws for that type of work. They come in several lengths and are usefull for lots of things that benefit from a larger flat screw head. They are also Phillips head so you can use a driver drill to install them.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 07-12-2020 11:13 PM

+1 Washer head cabinet screws

https://www.woodcraft.com/categories/screws?head_type%5B%5D=Round+Washer+Head

https://www.mcfeelys.com/screw-fastener-web-store/shop-screws-by-application/cabinet-screws/cabinet-hanging-screws.html?screw_length=612

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boston_guy

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#5 posted 07-12-2020 11:29 PM

I just want something that if I unscrewed the island top in the future and saw the screws lying around somewhere I could say, “Ah! Those are the island counter screws!”

Washer head cabinet screws may do the trick.

-- boston_guy

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Scap

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#6 posted 07-12-2020 11:38 PM

You could always bag, tag, and tape them to the counter top if you ever remove them in the future.

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#7 posted 07-12-2020 11:43 PM

^ +1 to that. Or, just use 1 1/4” drywall screws. Common as dirt.

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boston_guy

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#8 posted 07-13-2020 02:38 AM

Scap,

That makes too much sense. :) By the way, have you ever eaten scup fish? Very tasty!

I think the washer head cabinet screws will do it, unless a better tip rolls in (I’m all ears). Thanks, LesB and CaptainKlutz.

Also, thanks to everyone else who chipped in. This is a wonderful forum.


You could always bag, tag, and tape them to the counter top if you ever remove them in the future.

- Scap


-- boston_guy

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farmfromkansas

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#9 posted 07-13-2020 02:52 AM

I like the coarse thread screws for softer woods. Only ones that need fine thread is oak and maybe hard maple. I use coarse thread screws on walnut.

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Scap

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#10 posted 07-13-2020 03:02 AM



Scap,

That makes too much sense. :) By the way, have you ever eaten scup fish? Very tasty!

- boston_guy

Googling it now. Never heard of it, so pretty certain I’ve not had it, unless it goes by a different name down here.

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#11 posted 07-13-2020 03:43 AM

Paint the heads of the screws with nail polish…

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boston_guy

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#12 posted 07-13-2020 12:08 PM

Thanks.

I like the coarse thread screws for softer woods. Only ones that need fine thread is oak and maybe hard maple. I use coarse thread screws on walnut.

- farmfromkansas


-- boston_guy

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boston_guy

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#13 posted 07-13-2020 12:09 PM

I wouldn’t do that. I’ve seen white colored screws in woodwork stores. But thanks for the tip.


Paint the heads of the screws with nail polish…

- PCDub


-- boston_guy

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boston_guy

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#14 posted 07-13-2020 12:11 PM

What’s going to be tricky is positioning the island top so that the screw holes line up with the bracket holes.

-- boston_guy

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#15 posted 07-13-2020 12:40 PM


What’s going to be tricky is positioning the island top so that the screw holes line up with the bracket holes.

- boston_guy

if you have trouble with the screw holes, install new brackets – and call it a day.

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