This evening I ran to the closest big-box home center to buy a few flat head wood screws. Simple enough…all I needed was a dozen flat head slot head wood screws. I’ve bought thousands of them in my lifetime.
Lo and behold…There is no such thing. Every flat head wood screw in the joint had a Philips head. eerrrgh!
I remember someone telling me that this day was coming, but I wasn’t ready for it.
Why do I need this out-of-date screw? Wouldn’t a Philips work as well…or even better?
Maybe…but I have rules (I posted here about my rules more than once). For my birds I use materials that would have been in the rows of little jars in Grandpa’s basement in the 1930s. Phillips head screws existed in the mid 1930s and were a huge part of the machination for building war machines for WWII, but they would have been rare as hen’s teeth on Grandpa’s shelf.
The good news? I’m not the only one that feels this way. I discovered a gentleman in Oregon, at Blacksmithbolt.com, who collects and re-sells ancient, well designed and beautiful fasteners. I’ve a box of 100 #7 x 1 1/2″ on the way!
Screw the big box stores!