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Finding the correct pilot hole for wood screws ~ Woodworking Resources

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Finding the correct pilot hole sizes for wood screws

Often we need to find the correct pilot hole for a wood screw. Use the table below as a reference guide. You can easily print the table and post it in your shop, it will come very handy.

Screw
  Size #  

  Shank  
Hole

Drill Bit for
  Soft Wood  

Drill Bit for
  Hard Wood  

0

1/16

1/64

1/32

1

5/64

1/32

1/32

2

3/32

1/32

3/64

3

7/64

3/64

1/16

4

7/64

3/64

1/16

5

1/8

1/16

5/64

6

9/64

1/16

5/64

7

5/32

1/16

3/32

8

11/64

5/64

3/32

9

3/16

5/64

7/64

10

3/16

3/32

7/64

11

13/64

3/32

1/8

12

7/32

7/64

1/8

14

1/4

7/64

9/64

16

17/64

9/64

5/32

18

19/64

9/64

3/16

20

21/64

11/64

13/64

 

 

 

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