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How to Create a Butt Joint With Screws

When making a butt joint, screws give the wood a more secure fit than nails or biscuits. DIY experts show how to create a butt joint with glue and screws.

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  • Time

    15 Minutes

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Drill Holes Through the Joint

After gluing the the two pieces of wood in position with wood glue and holding the joint until it's reasonable stable, drill two pilot holes through the joint so the wood doesn't split. The holes must be the same size as the dry-wall screws.

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Step 2: Drive the Screws Into the Holes

Insert the screwdriver shank into the holes, making sure that it will pass without binding. Drive the dry-wall screws into the pilot holes, countersinking the heads in the wood base. Clean up any excess glue. Fill screwhead holes with wood filler.

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