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I have several 2"x4" x 12ft pieces of wood that I will use as rails. I need to secure them to several 1/4" steel plates. The steel plates have two holes for screws ( or whatever I end up using). The wood doesn't have holes and I don't want the screw to go completely through the wood.

What's the best way to secure the 2x4 to these plates?

Thanks.

  • It's not at all clear what you're asking. What specifically is the problem you face? With no idea what you're building, what can we say? – isherwood Jan 16 '18 at 2:15
  • Yes we need more details and possibly some design drawings. – Paul Logan Jan 16 '18 at 5:14
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The wood doesn't have holes

So I'd use something like a bradawl to mark the positions then drill a pilot hole if necessary (depends on wood, position of hole, diameter of screw etc)

See How can I drill to an exact depth with a hand drill?

and I don't want the screw to go completely through the wood.

That's just a matter of buying the right sized screw.

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