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Kreg screws--not just for pocket holes
on July 15, 2011
Kreg screws are great for their intended purpose of making pocket-hole joints in woodwork, and the Kreg system of joinery is indeed all it's cracked up to be in terms of strength and ease of use, but I have found myself using the screws in all sorts of other wood-fastening applications, anywhere you want to fasten two boards together. The 1.25" screws are just right for lapping one 3/4" board onto another, and the 2.5" ones work well for 2x4s, etc. You can use them in any application where you don't mind the washer head showing, or you can use the Kreg-supplied drill bit to countersink the heads for filling in with wood filler. The great advantage of these screws is that their self-tapping tips are significantly less likely to split smaller wood pieces than are conventional wood screws. Also, they are easy-driving and very strong. Having used quite a few in various sizes now on several projects, I have yet to strip one of the square-drive heads or break one.