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Forum topic by wdkits1 posted 08-22-2009 04:29 PM 19857 views 6 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2009 04:29 PM

Hi everyone
l love using pocket hole screws. They are quick, easy to use and make a strong connection. The down side is that you normally can’t use them for exposed work mostly because they are kind of ugly.
Well on the latest project that I’m working on (custom closets) there are a few places that I have to use them in an exposed area so I had to figure out a way to make plugs (out of Jatoba) to fill in those ugly holes. Here is what I came up with.
I start by turning a 3/8” dowel out of 1/2” scrap. I use a 3/8” open end wrench as a reference to get the dowel to uniform size.

Next step is to drill a pocket hole (with Kreg Jig) in a scrap piece of wood and insert a screw( to drive out the cut plug).

Insert the dowel into the pocket hole until it bottoms out against the screw head.

Set the fence on the bandsaw to just clear the edge of the dowel jig and saw off the dowel.

I use a belt sander to sand the plug flush with the jig and pop it out with the exposed screw.

Here is the installed plug in place on the bottom shelf of the cabinet.

Hope some of you can use this little tid-bit of info.

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 08-22-2009 04:40 PM

Hey Mike
Thanks for sharing,cool idea.

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#2 posted 08-22-2009 06:47 PM

Mike, that is a novel approach. I know that you can buy the plugs but they are limited as far as the wood species goes. Like you I enjoy using pocket screws, especially in cabinet construction but have never used them on the exposed faces simply due to the problem that you described. This approach certainly gives me something to consider.

Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 08-22-2009 06:54 PM

I bought a bit that goes in my drill press and it cuts plugs from what ever wood you want. I think it was Rockler that made it. I’ve never used it yet. (now I need to go and find it)

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#4 posted 08-22-2009 07:15 PM

Here’s a nice plug cutter that you can use to cut plugs at an angle and really conceal the holes.

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#5 posted 08-22-2009 08:49 PM

A Japanese Flush Cut saw also works.

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#6 posted 08-22-2009 09:20 PM

I got a tenon cutter 3/8 from mlcs and make all my own plugs.

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#7 posted 08-22-2009 10:36 PM

Great ingenuity Mike! Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 10:43 PM

That is what I find fun about woodworking .Making chicken salad out of chicken s—t. LOL

-- Mike --

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