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Old 03-20-2017, 07:43 AM   #16
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Re: Cutting screws


No oscillating tool.

I see a disadvantage of safety equipment. If my daughter weren't wearing a dust mask and old heavy goggles she might have noticed all that smoke sooner. But all's well that ends well.

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If you need to cut the screws you have, make sure you put 1 or 2 of the nuts on the screw, then make your cut (hacksaw), now you can grind the rough spots off, use a grinder, dremel, sander, etc.. to smooth the screw tip. Now add 1 drop of oil,and back the 1 or 2 nuts off of the screw, they will help to clean out the threads on the screw and reform the threads to mate with the nuts.
Buying screws of the same diameter that fit better (precise length) may be easier. To get length of screws needed;Measure total thickness of the drawer face and the thickness of the nut, plus the thickness of the knob if the screw goes all the way through it, and that should be the screw length you need to use.
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That little oscillating tool, ($18.00 from Harbor Freight) and a metal cutting plunge blade would have been the perfect tool for this little task.
Throw away the Harbor Freight blades.

Could have just cut the screws off in the drawer. About 30-45 seconds each screw.

The multi tool is very easy to use and you can make cuts reasonably accurately.

You ladies should have one.

Harbor Freight blades no good. I use Imperial brand from Woodcraft. A little expensive but well worth it.
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I know. It's too late now, but for around 10 bucks or less, and a trip to the hardware store, a decent pair of multipurpose wire strippers would have solved this problem. No smoke, no fire, no power tools needed.

Most of these strippers have screw cutters built in to them, encircling the hinge area, and can cut any size imperial thread screw or bolt from 6-32 up to 10-32,including fine and coarse threads. They cut easily and cleanly, and self tap the threads after they cut.

Just for future reference... 😁 😃 😆
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If you use two shallow nuts on each other, it'll practically never loosen so it'd be safe to cut it down to length.
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Why not just get the right size screws?
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Why not just get the right size screws?
it might not be easy with an odd size
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Nonsense. It would be a hell of a lot easier than cutting them.
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Dave, wish I could have. Maybe the knob doesn't show it, but theres a flower head on screws an I couldn't get the screws detached.

Project is finished and we love it.

Great learning experience.

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