Mechanical fixings for wood

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Wood is a versatile material and can be supplied in a wide range of shapes, sizes and products. When fixing wood components together, or to other materials, there are many different methods to consider, from standard and specialist fixings, to modern synthetic adhesives.

This Choose and Use sheet explains the differences between the two main groups of mechanical fasteners (dowel-type fasteners and connectors or timber engineering hardware).

The sheet also covers the considerations that must be made when selecting fixings, including how a specifier's job differs depending on the type of wood, whether the fixing is internal or external and whether or not the product will be loadbearing.


  • Dowel-type fasteners
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Concealed fixings
  • Bolts and dowels
  • Spacings for dowel-type fasteners
  • Timber engineering hardware

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