Originally Posted by anon2424
My final question is how should I go about screwing in the screws? I'm nervous about any cracks that might occur. Drills dig out the wood, screws push it aside (right?). Or are my fears unreasonable?
**also, can anyone give me some advice for how large the holes for the controls should be? Would 1/2' holes be enough room for the knobs and switch?
Drill the proper size pilot hole for the screw, about the same size as the solid shaft part of the screw. Then the threads on the screw will bite into the wood and hold. Check the bit size on a scrap of hardwood first to verify that you are using the right size bit. Rub the threads of the screw with a little wax or soap and they will turn in easily. Be careful to clean up any residue fom the wax before you start staining and finishing.
Drill the holes for controls slightly large than the threaded shaft. As easy way to size them is to use the washer for the pot. Use a drill bit that is the same size as the hole in the washer or just a hair bigger.