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Forum topic by Horus posted 05-16-2019 02:37 AM 135 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-16-2019 02:37 AM

I have a walnut jewelry box with the lid not centered (side to side) on the box. The hinges are cut into the back of the box so can’t be moved on that side. I’d like to move the top over about half a hole to center it, but the plastic wood filler I used isn’t hard enough to keep the drill bit from deflecting into the old hole.

Any suggestions for a solid filler or how best to move the holes?


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#1 posted 05-16-2019 02:44 AM

Cut a sliver of walnut with the grain. Round it of a little larger than the screws you used, coat it with glue and press it into the holes nice and tight. Trim it off after it dries and re-drill.

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#2 posted 05-16-2019 02:44 AM

Kind of depends on how big the holes are, but toothpicks can be your friends with small holes for hinges.

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#3 posted 05-16-2019 02:52 AM

First the only complete fix, where it could not be seen, however slightly is to use a hinge larger than your insult, so the hinge itself covers the damage, and still offers a place to drill cleanly into the wood.

What is filled, will be visible or not?

If not, I am a long time fan of Rock Hard water putty for painted surfaces Or if after the fill portion, will not be seen. If that applies I would use painters tape and window pane an area so the rock hard could only get onto the wood in a controlled small space. If it’s stained, dyed, or natural finished you can try a test piece, but I don’t give much hope you wouldn’t see the fix.

Short video, the guy mixes it, uses it, and get’s rid of leftover.

In my experience placing wood, or wood based filler into a hole right next to where you want to drill will not keep the bit from diverting into where it wants to go, not hard enough. You need something that dries harder than the wood, and can fill completely as deeply as you have drilled. Plus any glue that is needed to patch will also leave a footprint when you finish. The woods pores aren’t available to be colored anymore, they are going to be filled with glue.

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