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I've been watching the Woodsmith Shop lately and it just dawned on me that they almost never use screws to hold joints together. They usually use some fancy joint with just glue. (Anything other than a butt joint is still considered fancy for me). Is this common practice? If the joint is done well, are screws not necessary?
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Hi Kevin

Yes if the joint is done right you don't need screws BUT on the other hand if you use screws it's like not pulling the clamps off when the glue is dry and setup..that's the real plus about the pocket hole system..put the screws in place and forget them..the holes are on the back side or the bottom side so you don't see them norm.


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I've been watching the Woodsmith Shop lately and it just dawned on me that they almost never use screws to hold joints together. They usually use some fancy joint with just glue. (Anything other than a butt joint is still considered fancy for me). Is this common practice? If the joint is done well, are screws not necessary?



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"are screws not necessary?"
Not necessarily. Interlocking joinery provides pull strength in x & y but not always z.
A fastener will augment pull strength way beyond what glue or joint articulation can.
Moreover, steel will stand the test of time, fire, prison riots and childrens play rooms.
For unconditional life and joint strength steel can't be beat.
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Screws are good. Pocket screws and glue is better. For larger cases, pocket screws , glue and corner bracing in dadoes is even better.

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I always like to add glue with the screws.

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