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What are wood screws?

 

What are wood screws?

 
         
     

Material

 
  Steel and brass wood screws  

Wood screws are usually made of coated steel or brass.

 
         
     

Application

 
  A wood screw in a piece of timber  

They are designed for use in hard and softwoods, MDF and chipboard.

 
         
     

Characteristics

 
  A gold wood screw with a countersunk head  

Head shape

Wood screws have a range of different head shapes, but most have countersunk heads.  

 
         
  A gold wood screw with a pozidriv drive  

Drive type

They are available with a range of different drive types, but the most common is a pozidriv.

 
         
  Tapered wood screw body  

Body shape and tip

All wood screws have a tapered body ending in a pointed tip. This is so they can cut their own thread when being driven into wood.

 
         
  Fully threaded screw and partially threaded screw  

Threads

Wood screws can be fully or partially-threaded. Their threads can be either single or twin, and will usually be coarse.

 
         
     

How are they inserted?

 
  Pilot hole  

When inserting a wood screw you may need to drill a pilot hole first.

 
         

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