Drywall Screws


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Curious who uses drywall screws when building furniture.  

I watch videos, read articles and plans and they specify certain types of screws, certainly not drywall screws.

I know drywall screws aren't always the best in certain applications as they can shear in half, but with furniture I don't see the the disadvantage.

What am I missing?

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7 minutes ago, K Cooper said:

I agree with @Llama in both cases and also wonder when you would use them in furniture making? To me they have this certain stigma (aside from hanging Sheetrock), kind of like French kissing your grandma or asking for ketchup at Mortons! 

So your saying aesthetically you don't approve?  You don't usually see exposed screws and I screws probably would not be used without glue in most cases.

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6 minutes ago, bleedinblue said:

Generally speaking, screws won't be used at all in most furniture projects built by forum members here.  

I don't use a lot of screws either, but there are plenty of plans and magazine articles that include the use of screws in projects.

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I used to use drywall screws for jigs, etc.  Got tired of them snapping, or stripping...so I started using Highpoint bits.  They're square drive - much better grip.

I get them at Woodcraft.  They have the sampler kit on clearance sale : https://www.woodcraft.com/products/highpoint-xt-square-drive-screw-sampler

 

 

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19 minutes ago, lighthearted said:

So your saying aesthetically you don't approve?  You don't usually see exposed screws and I screws probably would not be used without glue in most cases.

I just prefer to use the Grip Rite #8 type screw with the star drive when an application calls for a counter sunk screw. I've never had one of these snap on me. 

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I've nearly banished the scourge of Phillips from my shop, so drywall screws have no place there. Even before I banned Phillips, I didn't ever have a reason to use drywall screws.

Need to make a strong joint and don't care if its ugly? Use regular screws rather than brittle pot metal drywall screws.

Need to stick two things together but don't really care about strength? Oh, hello brad nailer.

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11 hours ago, lighthearted said:

Curious who uses drywall screws when building furniture.  

I watch videos, read articles and plans and they specify certain types of screws, certainly not drywall screws.

I know drywall screws aren't always the best in certain applications as they can shear in half, but with furniture I don't see the the disadvantage.

What am I missing?

They're brittle.  Plus I use screws so little that the cost difference between quality screws and screws made for drywall isn't enough for me to worry about.  I do have a small divided box with some random lengths of drywall screws that I keep around for unimportant tasks (and drywall repair) but, they don't go in my furniture.  Likewise if I am making a jig for a power tool the last screw I reach for is one that could fail on me no matter how remote the chance.  The Re-Store around me is rife with quality screws.  I have boxes of stainless trim head square drive screws that should last me the rest of my life.

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When I use screws on furniture, as in removable parts or hardware installation, I always drive them by hand. I gave up on using a power driver about a year ago. If I can't drive the screw by hand with a regular screwdriver right to the end, means I've used the wrong bit for pre-drilling or the wrong countersink bit. I have a selection of slotted, Phillips and square head screws. I've never used drywall screws for anything.

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10 hours ago, Janello said:

Are you seeking advise to use unsightly dirty cheaply made rusty screws that snap and strip in a fine furniture build?  Go for it.

 

 

No, I am asking what people use and why....

8 minutes ago, Immortan D said:

When I use screws on furniture, as in removable parts or hardware installation, I always drive them by hand. I gave up on using a power driver about a year ago. If I can't drive the screw by hand with a regular screwdriver right to the end, means I've used the wrong bit for pre-drilling or the wrong countersink bit. I have a selection of slotted, Phillips and square head screws. I've never used drywall screws for anything.

thanks--thats a helpful answer.

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