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Drill a quick pilot hole thru bits. This pilot hole should be less than half diameter of screw you intend to insert. Handy www.homeimprovementor.com tip - if you want to gauge depth your have drilled, place a bit of tape on drill bit.
Countersink on top piece of wood, so job will look nice and sit flush. Insert screw and tighten till head is flush with countersunk hole. Don't over-tighten or most modern self-tapping screws will start to 'chew up' wood, and may even become loose!
To hide screw head (especially important on jobs where security is an issue!) use a dowel plug. You'll have to drill countersink a little deeper for this, of course. After inserting plug, simply sand it down level with board.
Handy tip to prevent splitting when screwing near end of a board - drill a larger hole and insert a dowel, then screw into THAT instead of wood itself. Easy huh? Till next time, happy screwing!
Tim is the head DIY expert at www.homeimprovementors.com the free site for tool home improvement tips.