Handy “Tweener” Wood Screws

Ever wished for screw lengths outside of the usual home-center offerings? McFeely's Promax line may have just the length you need.

Ever wished for screw lengths outside of the usual home-center offerings? McFeelys Promax line may have just the length you need.

Here’s a tip of my hat to McFeely’s for coming up with a better woodworking screw. Well, actually, a whole bunch of better fasteners, but there’s one type I particularly like: the #8 Promax® 1-3/8″ black oxide flathead.

You read that right—1 and 3/8. Not 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″ or 1-5/8″ … the usual home-center suspects.

Here’s why I like the 1 3/8″. It’s uncanny how often I seem to have to screw two pieces of 3/4″ material together, face to face. Layers of substrate. Subtops to “show” tops. Shop-made feet to bases or turned knobs to drawer faces. Jigs and fixtures of one kind or another.

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