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Re: [Shop-talk] Wood filler for stripped out screw hole

To: Randall <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Wood filler for stripped out screw hole
From: James F Juhas <>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2009 13:11:27 -0400
In applications like this, especially when waterproofing is necessary, I 
have been using West Systems Epoxy.  Most marine stores carry it, and 
the product features the ability to blend in fillers to the epoxy to 
suit your application.  It might seem expensive at the outset, but the 
stuff is applicable to all sorts of projects and repairs.  I bought it 
originally for working on a fiberglass car body, and since found loads 
of applications for other projects. 


Randall wrote:
>> Any time I need to fix a stripped thread in wood I fill the 
>> hole with glue some round wooden toothpicks and glue. 
> Wooden kitchen matches work too, although they aren't as hard.  I generally
> use 3 of them, depending on hole size.
> But for cases where the screw never was secure enough, I drill the hole out
> to a standard size; and note how deep the drill went to cut off a length of
> hardwood dowel.  Coat it with glue and drive it into the hole, then wait for
> the glue to dry before drilling a pilot hole and driving in the screw.
> Randall
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