Steel Screw Replacement

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Steel Screw Replacement

Postby Birstall » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:53 am

I am restoring a Victorian/Edwardian Etagere (ornament stand) the shelves are presently screwed to the shelf frame with rusty (1" x 5/32" shank dia) slotted steel screws.

What advice wouild you give for replacing the screws, brass or steel, slotted or phillips?

Thank you

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Re: Steel Screw Replacement

Postby Bob Boardman » Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:59 am

Depends on a number of things.
- If you want to stay with period hardware use steel slotted screws

- If no concern about keeping within the Victorian style you can use what ever you want. Phillips easier to work with, steel is a harder metal, less likely to end up with chamfered edges as brass can. Brass won't rust and is shinier than steel

- If having a problem getting right size screw, or if hole is too big for modern screws, stick 1 or 2 toothpicks in hole, break them off at top of hole, and use the screw of your choice
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