How to Anchor Two Boards Together


You can anchor two boards together with a pocket screw hole. Also know as a "toe nail," the pocket screw anchors two boards together from the sides. A special machine called a pocket hole drill is typically used to drill the holes, but you can do it yourself with a cordless drill. You can anchor loose boards together using this technique without removing them from their location, as long as they are thicker than 3/4 inch, or you can use the pocket hole technique to assemble boards.

Things You'll Need

  • Cordless drill
  • Drill bit, 3/16-inch
  • Clamps
  • Glue
  • 2-inch screws
  • Phillips tip
  • Place the tip of the drill bit one inch from the edge on one piece of the wood where the two boards touch each other.

  • Drill straight down vertically to 1/4-inch in depth. As the drill is still spinning, tip the drill slowly toward perpendicular to the joint between the two pieces of wood. Keep the drill running as you tip it all the way down until the body of the drill is touching the wood.

  • Push the drill forward and drill out through the edge of the board. Pull the drill back out. You should now have a hole running diagonally one inch from the face of one board out through the edge. Drill consecutive holes three inches apart along the length of the board.

  • Insert screws in the holes. Insert the Phillips tip in the cordless drill. Place clamps across the two boards if possible. If not possible, proceed to tighten the screws with the cordless gun.

  • Spread glue on the sides of the boards if they are loose. Put clamps across them and tighten. Proceed to tighten the screws into the holes.

Tips & Warnings

  • The measurements here are for examples. Use the longest screw possible without penetrating out through the corresponding piece of wood. For thicker pieces of wood, use longer screws and drill longer holes.
  • Test the first screw gently to make sure your holes are not too shallow before drilling all of the holes. Wear safety glasses when working with wood.

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