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Forum topic by dakremer posted 09-19-2013 07:09 PM 1574 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2013 07:09 PM

I drilled 3 holes for a hinge only to realize when I was installing the hinge that my holes were like 1/16-1/8” off from where they were supposed to be. I can’t simply just drill new holes because I’m afraid they’ll get sucked into the previous mistake-holes. And if they don’t, the two holes will be so close together that when the screws go in it won’t be very strong. So what I did was mixed up some epoxy to fill in the first holes. I figure once it cures, I can drill the new holes with no problem

Is this correct? Hopefully – cause I already did it :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 07:15 PM

I have used wooden matches and/or tooth picks back before I became perfect:)

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 07:15 PM

You might consider cutting plugs so they are long grain showing which will give you the same grain structure as your project. Dowels don’t work because you thread into end grain. I used this approach on a wood ice box 20-years ago and it is still holding strong (that is after trying dowels). If you’re set on using epoxy, I’d highly recommend JB Weld as the best choice, but still prefer plugs. Just my opinions and thoughts.

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#3 posted 09-19-2013 07:23 PM

If that don’t work. Drill out the epoxy and glue dowels in the drill holes. Sand flush when dry and drill new screw holes for hinges.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 09-19-2013 07:36 PM

I have used the tooth pick method and it has worked. The epoxy should work fine also. Just let it cure according to the instructions.

-- mrg

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#5 posted 09-19-2013 07:39 PM

I have used dowels in the past and after 15 years, the front door on my house is still on the jamb! :-)

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#6 posted 09-19-2013 07:40 PM

Obviously there are numerous ways to fix your issue. I think what you did will work fine. I might be be worried about it if it were for hanging a heavy door, but for most things it should work. I do like that idea of gluing a match stick or toothpick in the hole though.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 07:50 PM

toothpicks and glue.

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 07:54 PM

Golf tees fill the voids nicely.

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#9 posted 09-19-2013 07:54 PM

Thanks for the quick responses. I should have stated that this hinge won’t be weight bearing and it’s not on a “fine woodworking” project. The epoxied holes will be covered up by the hinge so I won’t see the screwup.

Mostly just concerned if the epoxy method will work so I can drill holes right next to it and sink a screw in it.

Thanks everyone

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#10 posted 09-19-2013 08:41 PM

The only problem w/ epoxy in this application is if it doesn’t entirely fill the hole. Epoxy is generally fairly thick and an air bubble can form that stops the epoxy from working all the way down into a screw hole. I like to use bamboo BBQ skewers for this application along w/ glue of course.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 09-19-2013 09:05 PM

Hi Doug. If is packed full, It should work. When I do that, I usually drill the next bigger hole that will fit a dowel and glue in a short piece of dowel so it is all wood around where I’ll be drilling the new holes.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 11:33 PM

What Jim Jakosh said.

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 11:38 PM

I haven’t done it often, but I’ve glued in dowels or wooden matches and haven’t had any problems as of yet.

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 11:57 PM

+1 for bondo, that’s always been my choice. Skewers seem to be the right size.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#15 posted 09-20-2013 12:49 PM

I’ve used wood matches, toothpics, etc. to fill a boo-boo before

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