Wax Coating Screws to Prevent Wood Splitting

Wax Coating Screws To Prevent Wood SplittingWhen driving a wood screw into wood without a pilot hole, I like to wax my screws to help prevent splitting. I found it time consuming to sit and rub bee’s wax or candle wax on each screw, so I came up with this idea.

Wax Coating Screws To Prevent Wood SplittingTake a toilet seal wax ring (around $2.00 at any hardware store) and melt it into an empty small dog/cat food can. This way, all you have to do is dip the screw into the wax and pull it out. The threads hold on to the soft wax for a perfect coating.

Wax Coating Screws To Prevent Wood SplittingWhen the wax gets full of holes, I just set the can in my coffee cup warmer for a while and the wax melts down to a nice and flat surface for the next use. You can purchase cup warmers or candle warmers at just about any craft store.I use a plastic can lid to keep the wax from getting on anything else when I need to carry it in my toolbox.

Tip and Photos By Dan Reczek, a registered member of the WWGOA.

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2 Responses to “Wax Coating Screws to Prevent Wood Splitting”
  1. William

    This is a excellent technique. I learned about this idea years ago but forgot about it. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. earl

    when building decks with pressure treated wood and deck screws to secure mitred corners I simply put my impact driver in reverse and with some added pressure produce a pilot hole
    seconds later I throw my drill into forward and sink my screw without any splitting