Wood Screws: Best Uses for the Best Types

You can build sturdy, attractive furniture if you choose the right wood screws.



Premium wood screw
The tips of premium wood screw are serrated to chisel through wood with minimal splitting of the wood.
STEVE MAXWELL
Deck screws
You’ll need a Robertson (square tip) or Phillips driver for deck screws.
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Wood screw heads
Select a certain type of wood screw to create the right “look” for your project.
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Wood plug
Install wooden plugs into countersunk holes to hide screw heads. These plugs have already been sanded flush with the surface of the board.
STEVE MAXWELL
Cup washers
Cup washers can dress up screw heads. They also make joints stronger.
ISTOCKPHOTO/TONY COLTER
Torx head screw
Torx-head screws have a six-point pattern in the heads.
ISTOCKPHOTO/ACHIM PRILL
Lag bolt screw
Lag bolts (or lag screws) are driven with a wrench.
ISTOCKPHOTO/PAUL TESSIER
Brass screw
Brass screws are softer than screws made of other metals.
STEVE MAXWELL











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