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Screws: Styles, Sizes and Shapes
November 1960 Popular Electronics

November 1960 Popular Electronics

November 1960 Popular Electronics Cover - RF CafeTable of Contents

People old and young enjoy waxing nostalgic about and learning some of the history of early electronics. Popular Electronics was published from October 1954 through April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged. See all articles from Popular Electronics.

Sure, there are lots of resources on the Internet for identifying various screw types, styles, shapes, and sizes, but sometimes there are so many that it can be time consuming to peruse through them all, particularly if what you are looking for is an older type. This chart from a 1960 edition of Popular Electronics might be just the thing you have been looking for when working on a piece of vintage electronic and/or mechanical gear.

Screws: Styles, Sizes and Shapes

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Standard Types of Screw Driver Bits and Screw Openings - RF Cafe

Standard Types of Screw Driver Bits and Screw Openings

Standard Metal Screw Styles - RF Cafe

Standard Metal Screw Styles

Metal screws are made in a wide variety of head styles, diameters, and lengths. Both stove bolts and machine screws are available in most head styles in numbered sizes from 0 to 16 and in fractional-inch sizes from 1/4" to 3/4".

Wood Screw Styles - RF Cafe

Wood Screw Styles

Wood screws are available in a wide variety of diameters-from No.2 to No. 8- and lengths of from 1/4" to 4".

Socket Screw Styles (Allen or Bristo Openings) - RF Cafe

Socket Screw Styles (Allen or Bristo Openings)

Socket screws come in numbered sizes from 4 to 10, inch sizes from 14" to 1 ", and in almost any length.

Self Tapping Metal and Sheet Metal Screws - RF Cafe

Self Tapping Metal and Sheet Metal Screws 

Self-tapping screws are produced in virtually any thread style and virtually any head style in a variety of lengths. Either slotted or Phillips type openings are available in sizes from No. 0 to No, 24.

Set Screw Styles (Head and Headless) - RF Cafe

Set Screw Styles (Head and Headless)

Set screws come in diameters from No.4 to 1", lengths from 1/8" to 3", Both headed and headless styles are available in the point types shown.

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Posted May 25, 2014