Wood screws are not made of wood; they’re made for wood. They’re mostly made of hardened steel, though some are made from brass or stainless steel.
In many ways they are superior to nails when working with wood. Unlike nails, they are threaded. These threads allow the screws to grip the nearby portions of wood with greater strength. These threads can join the two halves of a joint tightly enough that clamps or no longer needed. With the use of wood screws and glue, you can end up with an astonishingly strong wood joint. Wood screws are also installed by being twisted by a hand driver or drill instead of with a hammer that can damage the wood.
There are many types of wood screws, and they can differ from one another in several ways:
- Head types. For wood screws, the most common head types are either flathead (also known as “slotted”) or crosshead (aka Philips).
- Head shapes. Wood screws usually come in one of three basic head shapes. The round heads have a flat underside with the rounded top. The flat head has a tapered bottom. The oval has both a rounded top and a tapered bottom.
- Gauges. The gauges of wood screws indicate the diameter of the thread.
Length. Length of the wood screws can vary from a half-inch up to 3 inches.
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