|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 1333 days ago||862 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
1333 days ago
I want to cover up the screws that will be recessed/countersunk into the back of the serving tray I’m working on for the fundraiser right now.
I have predrilled the holes for the screws that go all the way through and also used a forstner bit to recess the screws. I performed a test-fit and there is only about 1/8” from the top of the screw head, to where the back of the tray begins. Does that make sense?
Basically, I want to glue a small piece of 3/8” dowel to fill the void. Since we’re talking such a small gap, there’s not much for the glue to grab onto. The screw itself is rounded, or crowned, so at the sides of the screw, where it meets the wood, there is a bit more depth.
Would glue would you use in this situation?
I want to glue the dowel on top of the screw/the sides of the hole, then cut it off flush with the back of the tray.
My other option is to try and find screws that are a little shorter with the same thread pattern and then drill the recesses a bit deeper into the tray so there is more of a tunnel for the dowel. I suppose I could also cut the screws I have a bit shorter, but I don’t have a tap and die set. I don’t want to waste a lot of time figuring this out, so if a certain epoxy, etc. would work just fine without having to modify anything, that would be fantastic.
My other option would be to simply fill the holes with epoxy or some other form of hole-filler, as I am probably going to end up putting 4-cork pads on the bottom of the tray, and the screw hole locations would be great placement. This seems like a better and quicker option since the cork is going to be the only thing you see anyway. So then, what would be the best way to fill in these holes to get them flush (or ever so slightly concave) with the back of the tray? The cork pads are the 3/4” diameter ones from Rockler. I think I’ll add a little bit of glue to the back of it, as I’m sure the self-adhesive won’t hold up all that well in the long run. This tray is being finished with Waterlox.
Even if I do go the second route of simply filling the holes and then covering over them, I’d still like to know the best solution to my first question, as I’m sure I’ll encounter this in the future.
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