Hiding Screws in an Ipe Gate

daxiang28June 22, 2013

First post here to Garden Web! I have some leftover pieces from my deck to build a small side gate. I was looking into techniques that would allow me to hide the screws. I'm using 1x6 boards horizontal for the front of the gate.

So far, I am looking at:
- Screwing from the boards into the rails from the front and either plugging them (never done before) or filling (not sure how they'll match)

- Screwing from the back? Can you screw from the back rails to the boards? Is this strong and advisable?

- Pocket hole?

Are there any other techniques that are recommended? I'm aware of the weight of this wood and any tips are greatly appreciated.


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screw and plug

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:15AM
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+1 on plugging. Filling with putty will never look right, particularly as the ipe ages.

Here is a link that might be useful: plug cutters

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 12:44PM
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And use #12 screws at a minimum and stainless as well as predrill and wax to lubricate the screw.

This post was edited by millworkman on Sun, Jun 23, 13 at 17:36

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 5:35PM
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