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Re: Wood plugs

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool247-213.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 3/23/4 21:02

In Response To: Re: Wood plugs (Jim Cole)

The worst ones are the plugs that have no edge, just a thin dome, so I take a 1/8" drill bit, when possible, and put a hidden hole behind the plug and next to the screw, using a fine punch I can pop it out from behind. When possible, if there is an edge present, I can loosen them with a sidesway blow from a sharp thin concave shaped wooden blade and a light blow from a leather mallet. I have slipped a sharp chisel under the sholder of some plugs and gently lifted them out, a wide chisel won't dent the wood, if really soft a thin cardboard pad will help. Some times I just have to replace them since they tend to break no matter how careful I am, I save all the old plugs that come out easily and reuse them when ever I can. I keep a lot of different plugs in all woods and can match what ever finish comes along.

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