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On Saturday, I noticed I'm about to polish off my second box of course thread screws. That's a ton of projects under my belt, I'd say.

 

How many boxes of screws have you gone through?

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I just started into my second box of fine thread 1-1/4" (and bought more oak on Saturday).
the other day, i was at the rockler store and picked up a box of 2.5 inch, 50 count. i was thinking i could start an outdoor project as the screws were weather resistant. not realizing what i grabbed and being a kreg newbie, during check out i was like why is my bill so much? turns out i picked up a box of 2.5 inch stainless steal for a whopping 23 bucks a box, ouch! i better come up with a sweat outdoor bench or something.
Since I started counting...
3 -2 1/2" inch blue coated exterior
6 -1 1/4" coarse
3- 1 1/4" fine
1- 1" fine

and a few boxes of 2 1/2" and 1 1/4" exterior star tipped that I used when I ran out of Kreg screws. This did not work so well. I didn't have a long star tipped bit and used a collar.
Kim- I think they wanted to know how many you used on ALL your projects- not just the porch swing! 8-)

Kim C said:
Since I started counting...
3 -2 1/2" inch blue coated exterior
6 -1 1/4" coarse
3- 1 1/4" fine
1- 1" fine

and a few boxes of 2 1/2" and 1 1/4" exterior star tipped that I used when I ran out of Kreg screws. This did not work so well. I didn't have a long star tipped bit and used a collar.
Talking about plugs.You can make your own buy a 3/8 dowel and drill a pocket it scrap wood put a screw to bott0m shove the dowel in and then take a trim saw and shave it off ,Then take a hammer and hit the screw from bottom and plugs come out.
Good rainny day project
I would say I have went through over 12 large boxes of screws in 10 years
I buy my screws in boxes of 1000, 1 1/4 coarse thread and 1 1/4 fine thread, in the coarse of the 6 or 7 years that I have used pocketholes, about 3 to 4 boxes of coarse thread and 1 box fine thread per year.
I am amazed that anyone who has been using pocket screws for more than a couple of weeks would actually be able to answer that question. Never knew there would be a test, but I have used a lot of them.
Yes! ha ha Swing did take many many screws. But the "Big Mama" work table including the two end pieces took a truckload!
I haven't found a source close to me that sells the big boxes. I have to buy the small ones from lowes. I would have them shipped but shipping costs are high.
I would love to find somewhere to purchase the big boxes.
(And BTW, I know roughly how many boxes I have gone through because I like to keep a cost estimate on each project and include the screws.)
If you buy your screws from Amazon.com shipping is free on orders over $25.

Kim C said:
Yes! ha ha Swing did take many many screws. But the "Big Mama" work table including the two end pieces took a truckload!
I haven't found a source close to me that sells the big boxes. I have to buy the small ones from lowes. I would have them shipped but shipping costs are high.
I would love to find somewhere to purchase the big boxes.
(And BTW, I know roughly how many boxes I have gone through because I like to keep a cost estimate on each project and include the screws.)
Well I only use 1 1/4" I'm up to 100 box's but they are the small one's.
Dave
i have gone through 3 boxes of 1 1/4 course in 2 days building a kitchen 2 boxes on my step sons funiture and a few more boxes in between so i guess in a year i have used about 9 boxes so thats about 900 screws.

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