Repair Stripped Screw Hole

stripped hole in wood

If you drill a hole in wood in the wrong place, or you want to replace a screw that wobbles in its hole, you'll need to fill the hole with a wood plug and start over.

Dip Toothpicks in Wood Glue

gluing toothpicks to plug a hole

Use wooden toothpicks and wood glue to plug the hole. Pour a bit of glue into a small saucer or plastic tub lid. Use solid wood toothpicks and completely coat the ends, one at a time, with the glue just before pushing them into the hole.

Fill the Hole with Glued Toothpicks

plugging a hole in wood

Push the first toothpick firmly to the bottom of the hole and follow with as many additional toothpicks as needed to completely fill the opening. Use a hammer to lightly tap the last toothpick home and make sure it's tight.

Cut the Plug Flush

sawing wood plug flush

Let the glue dry and cut the protruding ends of the toothpicks flush with the surrounding wood. Sand the plug and then drill a new pilot hole before installing your new screw.