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Forum topic by CubsFan posted 12-13-2011 05:15 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2011 05:15 PM

I’m making a jewelry box for my niece (from Wood Magazine 165), and I’m at the point where I’m putting the hinges on. Anyway, I ordered the hinges that the article recommended. I then pre-drilled the holes, and drove in a #4 steel screw first to clear the way for the brass screw.

Anyway, I’ve now found out that the brass screws are actually #3 screws, so I have a #4 hole for #3 screws. I haven’t been home to see if it’ll still work out for the #3 screw, but I’m assuming that it won’t.

The hole is on a board that’s 1/4” wide curly maple. Any thoughts on what to do? If I get super lucky the #3 screws will fit, but I’ve never been super lucky :)


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#1 posted 12-13-2011 05:22 PM

Buy a 1/8” dowel, drill a 1/8” hole, glue it in, pare it flush and repeat the pilot hole process.

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 06:06 PM

I use round toothpicks for this kind of situation. Birch are better than the imported wood. I pay a ridiculously high price for a round container of fancy ones that actually look lathe-turned on one end.

I have also purchased small dowels at craft and hobby stores, plastic bag of ‘em 4 inches long by an eighth.

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 06:23 PM

I did the same thing with oversized screws. I filled the hole with epoxy and re-drilled with a smaller bit than the first one i used. Worked just great.

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#4 posted 12-13-2011 06:40 PM

I agree with Lee but almost any wood glued in place will do the trick.

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#5 posted 12-13-2011 09:34 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! I think I might have gotten lucky. Did a quick test at lunch and it seems like the #3 screws grab and hold just fine in the #4 holes. But I am interested in the toothpick method for future reference. Do you just put ad many toothpicks in there as you can get and fill the hole with glue?

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 09:48 PM

I use wooden match sticks for bigger holes too…

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