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I have a wooden storage box that is put together with recessed screws. The screws are covered with wooden plugs. Some of the plugs were lost over the years and the holes are tapered (counter sunk). I really don't want to turn this into a woodworking project by some how drilling the recesses square and then cutting plugs. I don't know how I could get completely round holes, not having a solid center.


What I thought about doing was filling with wood filler (Plastic Wood) and then sanding flush. Then I could paint.
Would you expect the wood filler plug to hold or pop out?

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I have a wooden storage box that is put together with recessed screws. The screws are covered with wooden plugs. Some of the plugs were lost over the years and the holes are tapered (counter sunk). I really don't want to turn this into a woodworking project by some how drilling the recesses square and then cutting plugs. I don't know how I could get completely round holes, not having a solid center.


What I thought about doing was filling with wood filler (Plastic Wood) and then sanding flush. Then I could paint.
Would you expect the wood filler plug to hold or pop out?
There is a few different plugs you could use. Some of the hole plugs available are tapered and it could be an exact fit for your needs. You might also fill the hole with a piece of a dowel with some epoxy and then fill the rest. A fill made out of wood would look much better than wood putty. Not only that to fill a hole with wood putty you would have to fill a little at a time in many applications or it would never dry right. Another option would be to tint bondo with a universal tinting color and use that. At least you could fill the hole all at once.
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Thanks Steve. I don't think I was descriptive enough, though. The box is going to be a camp storage box and will be painted. I just didn't want to go to all the trouble of trying to find plugs or making them. I wanted something quick. But your idea of using a straight plug (dowel) and the filling in the rest (small groove) should work.
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Thanks Steve. I don't think I was descriptive enough, though. The box is going to be a camp storage box and will be painted. I just didn't want to go to all the trouble of trying to find plugs or making them. I wanted something quick. But your idea of using a straight plug (dowel) and the filling in the rest (small groove) should work.
I think if you are going to paint if you would let bondo harden 24 hours before you sand it would fill the best. With any kind of a plug or dowel you would have to sand it flat and then putty it again to get rid of smaller voids. Bondo should do it in one application. You just have to wait 24 hours because it shrinks as it hardens. If you sand too early there would be a slight impression where the fill was.
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when using a permanent filler that will harden,
I always press a small dab of candle wax over the
screw head first ~ just in case someone wants to
take it apart in the future. (especially on boats).

it is going to be a camp storage box and will be painted
don't over think it !!!

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