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    Slotted wood screw source

    I'm looking for good quality steel (not stainless) slotted wood screws, #6 and #8, from 1" to 1 1/2" in length.

    I haven't found anything online.
    I did find some at a local old time hardware store, but they twisted apart easier than brass screws.

    Thanks!

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    I found slotted FHWS in 1 inch and 1 1/2 inch screws at boltdepot.com
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    I found a lot of options for zinc-plated, but not many for non-stainless steel. Most of those were for period restoration projects. Look up Kennedy Hardware if this is a restoration, or FMW Fasteners / BoltDepot if you can use zinc-plated.

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    I have found them as NOS on ebay.

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    Have you checked quickscrews.com?

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    Mark,
    Have you checked out Culver City Hardware on Sepulveda Bl in Culver City? They are my go-to source for hard to find hardware bits and pieces and they are very helpful.

    Ellen

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    Hi Ellen, that's exactly where I got the screws I used. It's my go-to as well.

    Thanks everyone, if I can't find what I'm looking for among all these options then I'm just not looking. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Gibney View Post
    I'm looking for good quality steel (not stainless) slotted wood screws, #6 and #8, from 1" to 1 1/2" in length.

    I haven't found anything online.
    I did find some at a local old time hardware store, but they twisted apart easier than brass screws.

    Thanks!
    You can pretty much eliminate twisting off wood screws by dragging the threads across a block of beeswax just before you attempt to screw them into place. The beeswax reduces the torque required significantly and unlike soap does not stain the wood or cause the screws to rust. By the way paraffin doesn't work nearly as well.
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    Mark,
    Next time you go to CC Hardware, take a sample and ask what was wrong. Could be a bad batch or who knows what happened. Good luck.
    Ellen

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    You might check Lowes and Home Depot. I have purchased wood screws from both. They normally have a good selection.

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    Google "blacksmith bolt" . Their hardware is excellent and they ship very promptly. They have slotted steel screws in any size you could need.

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    Satan dot com......

    Those miserable inventions are the spawn of the devil.

    (speaking from the perspective of a person that spent the last 8 months renovating a 1956 built house that had a bazillion slotted screws in it)
    My granddad always said, :As one door closes, another opens".
    Wonderful man, terrible cabinet maker...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Schierer View Post
    You can pretty much eliminate twisting off wood screws by dragging the threads across a block of beeswax just before you attempt to screw them into place. The beeswax reduces the torque required significantly and unlike soap does not stain the wood or cause the screws to rust. By the way paraffin doesn't work nearly as well.
    A good source of that wax are the wax toilet gaskets you can buy at the box stores for $1-2. The wax is softer than beeswax, and stickier, too.

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    Bolt Depot and McMaster Carr both have excellent inventory, pricing and quick delivery. Love the idea of using toilet gaskets! I've been using canning wax and it's really too hard to go a good job on the threads.
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