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BenjaminGeorge

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07-14-2020 01:32 AM

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Hi all – I made a table for my camper, and at the very end of the process, when attaching the mount to the bottom, I accidentally drilled a hole right through it. Super frustrating. Does anyone have any ideas of tbe best way to cover up / hide such a hole?

-- Ben, Seattle, WA


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#1 posted 07-14-2020 02:38 AM

Drill larger, say 1 1/2”or so shallow hole with a Forstner bit and put a plug inlay in it. that way it looks like you did it on purpose for a decoration….contrasting color would enhance that idea. You could get carried away with that idea and make a ring of plugs inlays around the outer perimeter of the table. You will need a hole saw or something similar to make the plugs.

Also you could use a router with a template guide to cut the shallow hole and also make the inlay. Wood working stores sell a kit for this purpose. Here is a picture of Rockler’s ($39) Make a template the size you want then You route out the shallow recess for the inley and then take the small ring guide off and cut an inlay out of the what ever wood you choose for a filler. I usually cut the inlay about 1/8” deep in a thicker piece of wood then slice it free on the table saw.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 07-14-2020 02:46 AM

Mount a paper towel holder over the hole.

Add a lazy susan.

Get a coin size Forstner bit and set a coin with the current date as a date inset.

Put a light in the center and use the hole for a cord.

Paint numbers in red & black with 0 and 00 in green around the edge. Put a spinner knob in the hole and have casino night with your significant other.

Paint spokes and the word THIRD on it (3rd wheel – get it?)

Cover the top with laminate. (This is actually the best idea.)

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 07-14-2020 04:02 AM

I would just buy some Timbermate in a matching color and call it a day.

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#4 posted 07-14-2020 04:12 AM

Yeah that’s going to be a tough one but Timber mate is a real good bet.

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#5 posted 07-14-2020 04:40 AM

To plug the hole sharpen a square of the scraps in your pencil sharpener. It going to be end grain and noticeable so you have to use your Artistic skills to fill in the torn up areas. Try to make it look like a knot
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#6 posted 07-14-2020 05:02 AM


I would just buy some Timbermate in a matching color and call it a day.
- SMP

Alternatively, if you have a lathe, scrape some sawdust off an offcut or go apeshit with some 40 grit sandpaper on another offcut and make some sawdust… mix with pva glue or ca and overfill the hole… sand level and Bob’s your mother’s brother!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 07-14-2020 06:24 AM

+1 make an inlay.

+1 Decorative plug
Drill the hole out to 1/2” and cutting the patch with plug cutter on top of a small pin knot in another board, making it look just like the one nearby. The color/pattern of wood helps hide it.

Because of tear out around the hole, and the location being a light spot in middle of unique grain pattern, I would consider manually using a chisel to cut a small ‘V’ shaped slot in the lighter wood between the dark sections, and insert a 1/8” wide splinter of similar colored wood as patch.

When you make as many mistakes I do, you learn all kind of ways to fix stuff. BTDTGTTS

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-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#8 posted 07-14-2020 01:28 PM

Easiest fix there is. Choose from hard fill, burn-in, epoxy putty or Timbermate. The important thing is to obscure the repair so that it blends in and doesn’t catch the eye. Check out this blog post to see an example on a much larger hole.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 07-14-2020 01:35 PM



I would just buy some Timbermate in a matching color and call it a day.

- SMP


Me, too.

I’m always so hungry when camping anyway, I’ll be focused on the food!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 07-14-2020 01:44 PM

With the tear out it might be tough to do a plug, but that would be my first approach… I have had a full set of plug cutters, for doing cross grain plugs, for years and used the living heck out of them.

Although, I did recently purchase one of those inlay bit sets that LesB showed above. It works perfectly. But, being a new tool in my arsenal, I might not always think of it first. The nice thing is, you could shape it so it blends in better than a simple plug. You could try to find a piece that has similar grain, and match it up the best you can.

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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#11 posted 07-14-2020 01:46 PM

I like mad mark’s ideas. Or, another idea: build a new table.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#12 posted 07-14-2020 02:44 PM



I would just buy some Timbermate in a matching color and call it a day.

- SMP

Yep.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 07-14-2020 02:47 PM

Thanks everyone. I really like mad marks ideas too haha.

-- Ben, Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 07-14-2020 03:07 PM

Going in a camper, not a museum right? The coin is nice, or a circle of all sizes of current coins. Or epoxy or laminate. Many good ideas, your call. You could spend more time and money on the repair than on the table.

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Rich

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#15 posted 07-14-2020 03:10 PM

You could spend more time and money on the repair than on the table.

- ibewjon

Nah. That’s maybe a 20 minute job requiring less than $10 worth of material IF you know what you’re doing. That’s a big if though. Actually it’s more like pennies worth of material, but if you don’t have it on hand you’ll have to buy it.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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