Choosing the Correct Screw Pocket Screw

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Screw pockets are a great way to assemble woodworking projects, but only if you use the right screw. Screw pocket screws have specific characteristics that make them right for the job. In addition to choosing the right screw, you’ve got to choose the right thread. Check out this video to make sure you’re using the right fasteners for screw pockets.

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5 Responses to “Choosing the Correct Screw Pocket Screw”

  1. Keith Mealy

    The other thing that’s obvious with the “do not use” screws is that the threads go too far up the shank, inhibiting the drawing of the joint together. Just another reason not to use them.

    “Friends don’t let friends use drywall screws in furniture.”

  2. Paul Ginett


    I assembled a Hickory table top using pocket holes. One problem I ran into was the screw heads breaking off once they were driven into the adjoining board. I then used a lubricant and although less screw heads broke off , I was still breaking them. I tried an impact driver and also a cordless screwdriver with a clutch with the same results. My question is that with a wood as hard as hickory is there a way to pre drill the adjoining board at the proper angle to match the pocket hole? I plan on using some Ipe lumber on my next project using pocket holes but I’m afraid it may be even more difficult. I used Kreg brand fine thread screws in the hickory table project.. and advise is greatly appreciated and thanks for all the informative videos.

    Paul G

    • WWGOA Team

      Paul, given that it sounds like you’re doing everything right, I’m afraid there’s no easy fix for this one. Using a fine thread screw for hardwoods is very important and I see you are doing that already. The threads have a shallower pitch so the screw drives more slowly allowing the auger point to pre drill the hole. The slower feed rate is supposed to help prevent the screw breakage you are experiencing.

      The first thing I would do is try driving the screw at a very slow speed. This will help the auger point do its job and relieve the stress on the screw.

      If you still get breakage, try to note when that breakage typically occurs. Is it near the end when the screw is almost home? Typically metal fatigues first, then breaks. Try to get most of the hole augured out with one screw, then withdraw the “fatigued” screw before it breaks and finish the job with a fresh screw.

      Hope this helps!

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