Tips for Driving Wood Screws | Rockler Skill Builders

Learn how to prevent splitting wood and stripping screw heads. Drilling pilot holes and clearance holes makes it easier to drive wood screws and helps create a strong connection. Use a combination countersink bit to drill both a pilot hole and countersink to recess the head of the screw in the workpiece.

Countersink bits:

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20 Replies to “Tips for Driving Wood Screws | Rockler Skill Builders”

  1. Trying to do a simple soccer rebounder and wanted some basic tips. This video was wonderful and gave me some great tips to begin my project. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  2. Basic stuff, but not everyone knows this. I certainly didn't when I started out.
    This was a very clear and helpful video.

  3. What do you do when you try to drill a pilot hole and 1. The wood starts burning and smoke comes out or 2. The bit turns itself loose.( and yes I've made sure the chuck is fastened tightly)

  4. Perfect and explains alot! I have lots of tools but no clue how to use them correctly. All that just to build a droid. This will certainly help for making jigs to make the wood parts safely.

  5. Nice video
    I have one question: If the lenght of the screw is larger than the depth of the pilot hole and once you have reached the bottom of the pilot hole you continue to screw the screw slowly (less than 0.5 cm), can the wood crack? (I'm using a Basswood)

  6. Thanks for a simple, clear and concise explanation. As a newcomer to woodworking, this was valuable advice. Will definitely use your advice in the future.

  7. Nice tips sir. I purchased Black & Decker KR554RE 550-Watt, with it comes 4 drill bits. How to know if these bits can be used wood.

  8. If only a pilot hole is used on softwood, won't you still have problems with the two boards not pulling together? Seems like the screw would bite into both boards and prevent the top board from pulling tight against the bottom board. I guess you're assuming the screw threads will strip a clearance hole in the top board because the screw has a longer and therefore stronger bite into the bottom board.

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