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docspencer

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07-21-2015 07:03 PM

I’m going crazy on this one. I just finished – or so I thought – with a jewelry box. The last step was to install the stop hinges: 3/4” with #2 screws. I bought a self-centering tool that came with a bit that was supposed to be good for numbers 2,3, and 4 screws. Well, turns out the holes are way too big for my #2s. I’ve tried cutting itty-bitty “shims”, put them in the holes, then put in the screws. That holds for a bit, then the screws come loose again. Any ideas about how to fix this problem? I give the box to my granddaughter next week. Help!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 07:08 PM

Fill with epoxy and then re-drill.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 07:39 PM

Toothpick should fit in that hole. Glue them in to fill the holes, then re-mount the hinges. I’ve done this, even used bamboo skewers on larger holes, for stripped out screws, and it works well.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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rwe2156

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 08:49 PM

Dittos on what BingEd said except I would drill a bigger hole and put at least 1/8 dowel in.
Reason being if you just fill the hole, then redrill sometimes the bits wants to wander to the edge of the hole.

You might thing about a spring loaded center punch next time instead of a center drill.
it will just mark the center and you drill with the appropriate size.

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#4 posted 07-21-2015 09:35 PM

In a situation like this, I use a toothpick or bamboo skewer and super glue. The super glue is really good for hardening the wood and making it stronger. For something like this I use a thin version and not the gel.

It is always good to do trial holes in a scrap of the same material as the box to see if it works. I have learned this the hard way with similar situations as yours.

Good luck

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DKV

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#5 posted 07-21-2015 10:20 PM



Toothpick should fit in that hole. Glue them in to fill the holes, then re-mount the hinges. I ve done this, even used bamboo skewers on larger holes, for stripped out screws, and it works well.

- BinghamtonEd


Ditto


In a situation like this, I use a toothpick or bamboo skewer and super glue. The super glue is really good for hardening the wood and making it stronger. For something like this I use a thin version and not the gel.

It is always good to do trial holes in a scrap of the same material as the box to see if it works. I have learned this the hard way with similar situations as yours.

Good luck

- Redoak49


Ditto

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#6 posted 07-21-2015 11:21 PM

I use bamboo skewers instead of toothpicks but the idea is the same.

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#7 posted 07-22-2015 01:03 AM

+1 what they all said. You need to GLUE IN the filler pieces, whether toothpicks, skewers, matchsticks, or whatever

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#8 posted 07-22-2015 01:18 AM

Another route to go is to use a small length of solder (not flux core) in the hole, then screw the screw in. The solder conforms to the shape of the screw and fills the hole. It’s not fancy, but it works.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Roger

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#9 posted 08-02-2015 12:30 PM

All good solutions above. Nothing against your tools, but, I always do a test hole/threads on a scrap piece before the real thing. Hope you’re able to get it fixed

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#10 posted 08-02-2015 03:30 PM

DOC,only you will know where the repair is, no one else will notice it unless you bring it to their attention.
Show us the box after you are done.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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