Pilot holes reduce the risk of splitting boards and allow you to get tighter-fitting, better-looking joints (especially if you use a countersink bit).
They all drove easily with no stripping or breakage and sat perfectly flush without the need for a countersink bit. We also observed no splitting when driving them near the ends of the boards.
Fasten with four screws per side, predrilling all the holes with a countersink bit
to avoid splitting the wood.
Tools Smoothing plane Portable circular saw Tape measure and straight edge Combination square and pencil Coping saw (or electric jigsaw) Hammer Spoke shaves: round-bottom and flat-bottom Electric drill Drill bits: 2mm, 3mm, 5mm, countersink bits
Utility knife and scissors Cork sanding block or electric sander Screwdriver (cross-headed or slotted) Here's how: Preparing the boards 1.
for the drill are always recommended so the fiberglass doesn't fracture.
* Countersink bits
widen holes so flathead screws may be flush mounted below the surface for a finished appearance.
Tools required: Sandbug electric sander; Gofer X ultra compact rechargeable screwdriver; Pincers; Pencil; Power drill with twist and countersink bits
and a knife
With a set of countersink bits
like these, you can complete both operations in one step.
I say "nearly" because I have had to tuck a few extra items into it, like a bit extender, a set of pilot countersink bits
and some Vix bits, so I end up with a 97-piece set instead of a 90-piece set: I'd say Ryobi pretty much hit it on the head when putting this set together.
are available with or without stop collars.