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Yesterday I combined pieces of furniture into a whole desk.

But how are the holes in furniture dug in the first place?

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Can you add a picture of what you're referring to? –  Dennis Williamson Sep 5 '10 at 15:10

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Are you referring to a pilot hole? You can use a drill and a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the bore of the screw and create a hole for the screw to use. The screw will still bite into the wood, but won't displace as much material, and the screw will follow the hole for a straighter drive. Using a pilot hole will reduce the chances of cracking the wood and mis-driving the screw.

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And in some case, the holes might be counter-bored or countersunk, depending on what type of screws you're using. –  Joe Sep 7 '10 at 13:54

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