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Forum topic by Lumber2Sawdust posted 61 days ago 438 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lumber2Sawdust

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61 days ago

I am making a sliding barn-door style door for our remodeling project. I picked up some planks which are reclaimed from the floor of decommissioned semi trailers.

The wood is going to look really nice. I’m cleaning it up right now. What I’m trying to decide on is what to use to fill the holes where the wood was bolted to the trailer. On one side, the bolt heads are counter-sunk so the hole is about 9/16” diameter. On the other side the hole for the bolt shaft is about 5/16”. This is a door for a bathroom, so we don’t want to leave the holes unfilled.

I was thinking something like copper or brass rivets would look nice embedded from each side to fill the holes. Doing a quick search on Amazon brings up small rivets which aren’t large enough to fill the holes. I also found some on Amazon which were a gun-metal black and might be even nicer than copper, but were similar size – 1/16 to 1/8” diameters.

Do you have any suggestions for hardware, or sources of hardware to browse to find something I’m looking for?


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Nubsnstubs

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#1 posted 61 days ago

Drill out the holes to make them even, get some brass or copper rod, cut it a little longer, about 1/8”, than the thickness of the wood, and peen them to look like rivets.
Industrial Metals should have brass and copper in the diameter you need. A carbide saw can cut brass and copper without issue. Make sure you don’t burn your fingers holding the stuff as you’re making your cuts. B & C transferrs heat quite quickly…........ .... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- jerry (in Tucson)

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bandit571

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#2 posted 61 days ago

Maybe a word will do?

Dutchman

Shape is up to you, either a matching wood, or a contrasting wood, 1/4” deep. Can even be different on each side.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Jim Sellers

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#3 posted 61 days ago

I would just drill out a clean hole and plug with dowels. either a contrasting or matching color.

-- J.C.Sellers

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Lumber2Sawdust

136 posts in 1491 days


#4 posted 61 days ago

Jerry, I will check out Industrial Metals. That could be an option.

Thanks for the other suggestions. I am mostly interested in a metallic option for a different look.

I didn’t mention it in the original post but I have ~ 75 holes to fill, times 2 because both sides will be done.

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GrandpaLen

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#5 posted 61 days ago

Lumber2Sawdust,

I don’t know if this would follow your design idea, but they are quite easy to make in whatever size you may need to cover those bolt holes.

Arts & Crafts pyramid wood plugs stained to contrast to wood finish of your choice.

...just a thought.

Best Regards. Grandpa Len
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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MrRon

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#6 posted 61 days ago

I’m not sure if plug cutters come in 5/8” size. If they do, I would drill a 5/8” hole everywhere there is a bolt hole; then cut 5/8” plugs from leftover wood of a contrasting wood and plug the holes. Either plane them flush or leave them proud. If not, use dowels of the wood of choice. Are the holes in a pattern, or are they irregularily located? If the latter, flush the plugs.

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bandit571

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#7 posted 61 days ago

Brass plate some Carriage Bolts of the right size. Add a domed shape nut on the inside.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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SCOTSMAN

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#8 posted 60 days ago

The nicest way of doing this I have seen to date, was to use car body filler with used printer catridge black toner and fill the holes or use epoxy clear resin with the toner.Obviously mix very thouroughly first and do it wearing old clothing outside preferably LOL no white dinner suits. Then simply pour or paste it into the holes and sand back later it looked stunning try on some scrap first to make sure you like it as much as I did.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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