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8 ways to make end-to-end joints that hold

Pocket-hole screws
Board with screw holes in it
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Pocket holes drilled into the back
face (top) are invisible from the front.
The screw then pulls the pieces
together (bottom).

Pocket-hole screws

Here's another easy method to fasten butt joints in a hurry. To install pocket-hole screws, drill an angled hole through one workpiece and into another. A screw inserted into the hole pulls the pieces together, as shown at right. Workpieces should be at least 1/2" thick (using 1" screws), and you can attach parts 1 1/2" or thicker using 2 5/8" screws. To learn more about making pocket-hole joinery, go to

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Comments (8)
Basil_Wood wrote:

This exact article appeared Jully 19, 2014. Recycling? No. Excellent for those who might have missed it earlier. We'll probably see it again in 2016 :)

4/16/2015 07:25:34 PM Report Abuse
rbtpartsman wrote:

And you really can't just search Wood Magazine's excellent online site to find articles on Finger joints ? We are woodworkers after all. We don't have to have every little skill in a "link". Very easy to find out simple finger joint instructions online, in past magazines, from a friend.... Simply not fair to call the suggestion basically worthless because they don't put a link in the article.

4/16/2015 10:02:17 AM Report Abuse
rruchti4390 wrote:

Your information on finger joints is not worth a pinch of salt if you don't explain how to make them, or at least a link to that information

11/20/2014 10:15:58 AM Report Abuse

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