October 18, 2013

The Passion of the Christ

One thing I've grown to appreciate repairing old furniture is Phillips head screws. Slotted screws are just plain dumb, and they strip faster than Miley Cyrus. Jesus was a carpenter. He died on a CROSS. He didn't die for the sins of man, he was passionately marketing Phillips head screws. True story.

Posted by Ryan at October 18, 2013 12:09 PM | TrackBack

I love Phillips head screws, and even more those driven by a hex or square drive, but it's worth noting that some of those old flat head screws just go into wood like butter. My dad grew up next door to a guy who worked at a screw company in Chicago, and I've been amazed how well the ones I've inherited work, especially the brass ones. You'd think they'd be soft and strip like anything, but no--just make sure you drill a pilot hole, and it's golden.

Another hint; rub the screw in wax, and that makes it a ton easier to drive in. Works great for nails--if you see an old hammer with wax at the non-business end, that's why. The carpenter would rub the tip of the nail in wax to enable it to go even into hard oak.

(you might get a few more bucks out of that old furniture if you make sure that he screws look authentic)

Posted by: Bike Bubba at October 23, 2013 10:48 AM
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