In my last post I gave several reasons why it is important to pre-drill pilot holes before sinking screws into wood. Pre-drilling is important when you need a pilot hole to be a specific depth, and it can also prevent the wood from splitting. I forgot to mention one other reason for pre-drilling a pilot hole – if you’re driving a screw into hardwood. I have stripped and even busted the heads off screws while trying to drive them into hardwood.
If you prefer not to pre-drill, a simple bar of soap can help sink a screw into hardwood by adding a slippery lubrication that will reduce friction. The fresh Irish Spring scent left in the air after using this method is a bonus. Watch this video demonstrating both methods for screwing into hardwood.