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Benefits of Using Kreg Screws for all Your Projects

Kreg supplies the ultimate woodworking screws for every project – with options of Zinc, Blue Cote and Stainless Steel




Compared to locally manufactured screws, the Kreg range of screws offers unparalleled performance in all conditions.



Not only are Kreg tool innovators but they also manufacture a range of screws that can be used for all your DIY and woodworking projects. Kreg Screws are not just ordinary screws, they have many key features for a better assembly process. They are engineered with a square drive, flat-bottom head, smooth shank, case-hardened steel, and self-tapping tip.

Kreg Pocket Hole Jigs make it incredibly easy to build with wood and board products, allowing you to assemble projects with screws as opposed to complicated joints that require advanced skills and expensive tools. While the Kreg Jig® make this possible, it is Kreg screws that makes it all work better, holding your pieces together to create strong, long-lasting joints. Kreg screws are engineered with unique features that ensure they will provide the best possible results in Kreg pocket-hole joinery. Below is a list of key features you will find on every Kreg screw:








All Kreg screws feature a square-drive head for ease of use.

kreg screws have square-drive head



Square-Drive Head

One of the easiest ways to see those features is to compare a Kreg Screw to a standard screw. For starters, the Kreg Screw has a square-drive head. The square-drive bit fits deeply into the head, which makes it easy to drive the screw. With an ordinary screw, the driver can slip easily, and that can prevent you from driving the screw all the way or, worse yet, strip the screw head.






A Kreg Screw looks different from an ordinary screw at the other end, too, it has a self-tapping tip. This indentation allows the tip of the screw to work as a drill bit, boring its own pilot hole as you drive the screw in. Then all you need to do is drive the screw and it instantly creates a hole without any splitting. Try that with an ordinary screw, and the results are usually much different.



Smooth Shank

You will also notice that a Kreg Screw does not have threads along its entire length as an ordinary screw does. Which is its main USP, to see why that is important, look at a cutaway view of a Kreg Joint. As you drive the screw in, the threads bite into the mating piece. In the pocket hole, the smooth section of the screw can turn freely so the joint pulls together tightly. With an ordinary screw, the threads on the upper portion of the screw can prevent the joint from drawing tight.



Flat-Bottom Head

The cutaway image helps illustrate one more important feature of the Kreg Screw the flat underside of the screw head. That flat area fits perfectly against the ledge at the bottom of the pocket. As the screw cinches down, this directs all the screw’s force straight in line with the screw and draws the Kreg Joint tightly together. With an ordinary screw, the flared shape of the head directs force outward as the screw cinches down. This can prevent a tight joint, and even split out the base of the pocket hole.




There is one important feature of a Kreg Screw that you cannot see just by looking at it. Its case hardened. Kreg Screws are treated to have a hard-outer shell that gives them toughness, sharp threads, and a head that does not strip out. But case hardening allows the inner part of the screw to be a bit softer. That is good, because a softer core prevents the screws from being brittle, which can cause ordinary screws to snap.









Kreg Screw Options; Zinc, Blue Cote and Stainless Steel

Zinc-Coated Pocket-Hole Screws are the screws you will use for most projects; these are recommended for indoor projects that will not be subjected to significant amounts of moisture. All types of screws mentioned below are the perfect choice for kitchen and bathroom assembly and installation projects.


- Blue-Kote™ Pocket-Hole Screws

These are the best choice for damp or wet applications, including projects for your porch, patio, detached garage, or outdoor areas. The screws incorporate three layers of anti-corrosion protection that makes them resistant to corrosion when used in humid or wet areas.


- Stainless Steel Pocket-Hole Screws

These are the ultimate choice for outdoor applications that involve excessive exposure to moisture and corrosive elements. Looking at all these features, it is easy to understand why Kreg projects demand Kreg Screws. They are engineered with a square drive, flat-bottom head, smooth shank, case-hardened steel, and self-tapping tip that combine to ensure that Kreg Screws will give you the results you expect every time when you build projects with Kreg Joinery or with a Kreg Jig® using Kreg screws.





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