Lubricating Wood Screws with Soap

By Todd Fratzel on Cabinetry, Finish Carpentry

picture of soap on wood screwMany of you probably already know about this DIY tip but it’s such a good one that it warrants repeating. If you’ve ever installed wood screws in any type of hardwood you know that it’s a tough task even when you pre-drill a pilot hole. One of the classic examples is installing wood screws in cabinet stiles to join them together. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve broken off a wood screw trying to screw two maple cabinets together. So next time you need to install some wood screws in hardwood try this DIY tip. Just take a regular bar of soap and coat your screw as shown in the photo. You’ll be amazed at how easy the screw enters the hole.

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Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

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1 Comment

  1. Jennifer says:

    Wish I would have remembered that when we screwed OUR maple cabinets together last year!

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