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Have quickly learned to manually screw the pieces together when working with cedar - have stripped out pocket holes with the power drill even on the lowest setting and 0 torque.

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You might want to try a cordless screw driver, the speed is a lot slower than a drill and you can watch it more closely. I use a Ryobi cordless screw driver and a skill cordless screw driver for softer woods.
That's exactly what I was using; Ryobi cordless - set for screwing, with 0 on the torque setting. By had into the soft wood, you can actually feel the screw being seated.
Thanks for this info, I am about to build a cabinet face from red cedar.
The Ryobi screw gun I am talking about is a Model HPK41LK Lithium 4 volt screw gun, it is made for screwing screws only. It is not a drill at all and that is why I like to use it because you can see and feel the screw tightening up, forget the torque setting.
As far as the Skill screw driver it is so old that I cannot give you much info on it except that it is one of those old drivers that you can use it straight or you can fold it to look like a drill, I think it is a 3.7 volt. Saves on the hands on large projects.


Chris Dykman said:
That's exactly what I was using; Ryobi cordless - set for screwing, with 0 on the torque setting. By had into the soft wood, you can actually feel the screw being seated.
ahhhhhhhh - thanks - I'll look for one of those the next time I'm in the big city.

Robert J Guidry Sr said:
The Ryobi screw gun I am talking about is a Lithium 4 volt screw gun, it is made for screwing screws only. It is not a drill at all and that is why I like to use it because you can see and feel the screw tightening up. As far as the Skill driver it is so old that I cannot give you much info on it except that it is one of those old drivers that you can use it straight or you can fold it to look like a drill, I think it is a 3.7 volt. Saves on the hands on large projects.


Chris Dykman said:
That's exactly what I was using; Ryobi cordless - set for screwing, with 0 on the torque setting. By had into the soft wood, you can actually feel the screw being seated.

  Hey Chris,

 I just posted a little while ago about using cedar. I seem to split the scrap I have been experimenting with.

 It makes sense to hand tighten. Cedar is very light and porous. I am glad I started looking through some of the older posts relating to cedar. The 1" cedar I purchased at Lowes is actually 11/16" what sizes are you using and what screws do you find give you the best results?

 Hope to hear something soon

                                        Mike Yeary 

 

I use the coarse thread screws, and install them by hand.

A ratcheting, forward-reversing, screwdriver is very beneficial.

When installing many screws, I use my Milwaukee cordless screwdriver---

>6 position adjustable clutch

>low torque setting---

>Forward-reverse

>2-speed.  

Small and compact, fits nicely in the palm of your hand.

Awesome tool for installing small screws, and the like.

MILWAUKEE TOOL6546-6

PS---cedar boards, rough sawn on one-side, I purchase from Lowes, measures 7/8''.

I have a Dremel 1120 driver that does an excelent job of driving screws in cedar. My Hitachi DSL18DL can be adjusted down enough so as not to strip the screw holes as well.

  Hey folks,

 Thanks for the replies on the screw stripping problem. I tried my 6 volt Craftsman cordless drill on some more scrap and it worked perfectly! Low torque and the low battery probably helped too! I appreciate you all taking the time to help out and give some pointers on the things you have experience with. I have to work this weekend but I will tackle the project in earnest the first of the week.

                                                  Thanks again,

                                                      Mike  

Thanks for your reply, Mike.

Glad it worked out for you.

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