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01-24-2009 02:39 PM
poopdeckpappy
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Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
"hi lo" screws? those the ones that have a double looking type of thread?
Yes
01-24-2009 08:28 AM
deniseO30 I think the strength of the kreg joint in ply is because the screw angles across the plys not like straight in the edge screws. "hi lo" screws? those the ones that have a double looking type of thread?

thanks all!
01-24-2009 05:40 AM
dsmylie I have used the Kreg jig on several small projects and have been very pleased. Used in conjunction with epoxy sealed/glued wood and then filling the hole with a thickened epoxy I have what appears to be a bullet proof joint. 2 years latter there are no signs of problems. David
01-24-2009 03:00 AM
poopdeckpappy Right on denise030

before you get to into whatever you're building, look into Hi low screws if you are going to be working with plys and softwoods
01-23-2009 11:06 PM
Mistercraft
screws in boat building

Stainles Pocket Screws can be obtained here:

Google: McFeely's Squaredrive Scews
01-23-2009 11:03 PM
ronspiker As with any question the answer is 'It Depends'. It depends on what your use is. I do alot of woodworking, cabinets and furniture, so if you are making something like that then yes pocket screws work very well. I would also use a polyurethane glue like Gorilla glue also unless you plan on taking it apart. Another option if you are joining corners is to use dowels and glue, or countersink screws. I would only use screws if you are using SOLID wood. If you use screws in plywood it will delaminate, maybe not at first but over time it will split between the plys.
01-23-2009 10:44 PM
deniseO30 I confess! bought one of the K jigs today! first try gave me a perfectly drilled pocket and i joined to pieces of Marine ply in a corner joint. I was impressed!
01-23-2009 12:14 PM
JimMcGee There are lots of woodworking joints because there are lots of applications. I like the Kreg setup for cabinet work. Once you're used to their jigs you can go pretty fast.

Biscuit joints, especially if you use two offset biscuits are surprisingly strong. But it all depends on what you're trying to do, what kind of wood you're using and what kind of environment it will live in.

Fine Woodworking did a stress test of woodworking joints a while back. You can find it on their web sites as a PDF. The results are pretty interesting if you enjoy wood butchering. taunton.com/finewoodworking/ToolGuide/ToolGuidePDF.aspx?id=31926

I say use whatever tool / joint will get the job done.
Jim McGee
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95 C30 Goin' Coastal
Maple Shade, NJ
01-23-2009 11:52 AM
kaluvic
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Originally Posted by soulesailor View Post
In certain applications pocket screws are superior to biscuits. I agree it is more about the pocket itself and the application of use rather than the actual screw. If the SS pocket screws were way expensive I would just use a similar sized SS pan head screw.
Biscuits....thatís the word I was looking for!

I agree soulsailor, screws may have some advantage, no clamps for one and having a real mechanical fixing that does not rely 100% on the glue could be worth while advantages.
01-23-2009 11:35 AM
soulesailor In certain applications pocket screws are superior to biscuits. I agree it is more about the pocket itself and the application of use rather than the actual screw. If the SS pocket screws were way expensive I would just use a similar sized SS pan head screw.
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