Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A MUCH easier way to fill existing hardware holes

Remember how this piece had some very unusual hardware choices? 


Well you want to know why?

Because the handles are covering 2 EXTRA sets of holes. 

Ugh. I really don't enjoying filling holes, so finding the 2 extra didn't thrill me to pieces. 

But then, (cue infomercial music) I discovered Flat Head Hardwood Plugs!

They're $2.67 for a box of 50 and they are super easy to use. 


Just follow these 3 easy steps. 

1. Measure the holes and chose the right size plug. 


2. Line the plug up with the existing hole. 


3. And tap it in with a hammer. 


That's all! 

I wanted to compare the final results of the plugs to traditional wood filler.


The top 2 holes are filled with the plugs and the bottom 2 are filled with wood filler. 

Both lie flush with the drawers surface and both have taken the primer and paint equally well. 

I'm sold on these little guys! No gloppy wood filler, no sanding, no waiting. 

Good things do come in small packages. :)

PS I've gotten a few emails asking where to find these.
Answer: Home Depot! 
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20 comments:

  1. wow, that's great! Do they only come in one size though?

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  2. Great idea! I hate waiting too!!

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  3. Wow that looks like an amazing idea someone had!

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  4. Love this! I had never heard of this til today...where do you buy them?

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  5. Oooh, gonna gave to get me some of these.

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  6. What a time saver! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. AH HA! I am sooooooooooooooooo buying a pack of these little plugs! Had no idea they existed. YES! Thanks thank, oh and....THANKS!

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  8. ok this is so awesome! I can't wait to get some. New follower!!!

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  9. What a fabulous idea! I am not a fan of filling holes either so I will go in search of these plugs. Thanks for the great tip!

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  10. LOL, I enjoy hammering too. When I was young, my father and I used to hammer nails together, and I always ended up hammering my thumb, LOL. But now I've learned from the experience. Seems like your calculations were precise, congratulations!

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