We present a guide on how to drive screws into wood. Screwing into the wood is not very complicated and will also be useful for construction work, installation of parquet, installation of paneling or even assembly of furniture or a wooden door.
During the operation, it is necessary to take some precautions in order not to split the material and to obtain a quality result. Here are some tips:
How to Drive Screws into Wood
1. Choose the right screwing material
Which screw is the most suitable?
- Among the wood screws, the countersunk screw is the most used because of its flush head. The round head screw can also seduce by its convex effect.
- Choose a strong material such as steel to avoid breaking the screw if it is overtightened. If you are working on outdoor installations, prefer wood screws made of brass or stainless steel.
- And finally, the thickness to be screwed will determine the length of the screw.
To note: there are different forms allowing good contact between the screwdriver and the screw (cruciform, Torx …).
Which screwdriver to use?
Three characteristics must be taken into account:
- the voltage (not less than 14.4 V)
- intensity (below 2.6 Ah, you take risks)
- the weight (if the screwdriver is too heavy, your arm will suffer and your work too)
It’s up to you to find the best balance!
Note: the screwdriver must match the screw head chosen.
2. Screwing into the hardwood: the procedure
Make a path for your screw by drilling the first hole with a wood wick. The latter must have a smaller diameter than the screw (half in general). Also anticipate the depth of drilling (about 2/3 of the final hole). Without pre-drilling, you risk splitting the wood.
Very important: pierce without forcing, with maximum fluidity.
Before screwing, apply paraffin or candle to the thread of the screw to facilitate penetration.
Tighten gradually: adjust the tightening speed as you go.
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To achieve strong and aesthetic screw connections, do the following: