The U2 Construction Screw is available in lengths from 1-1/2 to 20 in. made of hardened steel, and in lengths from 2-1/2 to 6 in. made of 316 Grade Stainless Steel. To see the full lineup, visit www.u2fasteners.com.
FACE FRAME SCREW Pocket-screws can make strong woodworking joints, preferred by many pro carpenters for their reliability and by DIY’ers for their ease of use. Pocket-hole joinery
relies on a two-step process. First, use a special “stepped” drill bit to drill the pocket hole. The bit has a 1/2-in. diameter shank to coun- tersink the screw head, but also features a narrower tip that drills a pilot for the shaft of the screw. This initial pocket hole is drilled at an offset angle with the help of a special jig. The user clamps the jig onto the edge of a board and drills through the jig’s guide holes, which hold the bit at a pre- cise angle and depth. Drill the holes, add wood glue along the mating edges of the boards, reassemble, and then drive in the pocket screws to secure the joint. Pocket screws provide a handy way to assemble furniture, build shelves, make face frames and more. Traditionally, pocket-screw manufacturers offer a fine-thread screw for hardwoods and a coarse-thread screw for soft woods. Some even had a Hi-Lo thread in stock for medium-densi- ty woods like cherry and poplar. New from Pan American Screw,