How to Make Wood Plugs: How To Cut Wood Plugs For Screw Holes
The first thing you need to know about making wood plugs is that it’s not as easy as it looks. You have to take into consideration many factors such as size, shape, and even the type of wood you are using.
Also, if your screws are going through a wall or ceiling then you might want to consider drilling out some of them so they don’t stick up too high. So let’s get started.
1) What Is A Screw Plug?
A screw plug is a small piece of wood with a hole drilled in it. It serves two purposes: 1) It acts like a stopper when you put something inside the plug; 2) When you remove something from the plug, it allows air to flow through the hole instead of letting all that pressure escape.
2) How Do I Make Wood Plugs?
You can either buy a plug cutter, which will allow you to drill out the wood plugs yourself, or you can use a screw driver. If you decide to go with the latter option, then you’ll need to remember that screws aren’t exactly flat and smooth.
They’re actually rounded at their ends and slightly pointed at their center. Because of this, you need to be very careful when using them to make plugs. If you try to drill out the plug by pushing straight down, you’re going to end up with a big hole in the middle and two small pieces at either end.
Instead, you need to drill out the plug by twisting the screw into the wood. That way when the screw is spinning around it will rip out a nice chunk of wood and leave a relatively smooth hole behind.
Also, you need to know the type of wood you’re working with. In other words, softwoods like pine don’t hold screws well, while hardwoods like oak will hold them in very well.
You should also keep in mind that screws only go in so far before they can no longer be effective. Now that we’ve got a few safety tips out of the way, let’s get started on the process.
3) What Is The Best Wood For Plugs?
The best wood for plugs is usually the same wood you’re using for the project you’re plugging. So if you’re using pine, then you should use pine.
If you’re using oak, then you should use oak. Using a harder wood is okay, but it can be more difficult to make since it will tend to split when you’re drilling.
First, you’re going to need a piece of scrap wood. It doesn’t need to be big at all, just a small square or circle will do.
You’ll also need a screw and a drill.
Second, drill the hole in the middle of your piece of wood. For the average plug, softwood should be just fine.
4) How Do I Make Wood Plugs Without A Plug Cutter?
There are several ways you can make wood plugs without a plug cutter. If you have a drill bit or anything similar that is close to the size of the screw, then you can try using that as a guide for drilling out the hole.
It won’t be perfect, but it should work in a pinch for smaller projects. It doesn’t need to be very big, only about the size that the screw will easily fit through.
Third, screw the screw into the hole. This is what is going to rip out the wood and make the plug.
Fourth, take a look at the plug that has formed. If you’re satisfied with it, then you can set it aside.
If not, repeat steps two and three until you are satisfied.
What happens now is up to you and your imagination.
Another option is to use a hand saw and cut a square or circle out of the wood instead of drilling it. This doesn’t work quite as well since the saw leaves jagged edges which could tear up the wall or ceiling if you’re not careful.
It can be used in a pinch, but should be avoided if possible.
5) What Types Of Wood Plugs Are There?
Good luck and have fun!
Sources & references used in this article:
- Improvement in boot and shoe soles and plugs (US Patent 214,502, 1879 – Google Patents)
- Nesting of solitary wasps and bees in natural and artificial holes in dead wood in young boreal forest stands (P Westerfelt, O Widenfalk, Å Lindelöw… – Insect Conservation …, 2015 – Wiley Online Library)
- Masonry bolt (AC Kerwin – US Patent 1,802,560, 1931 – Google Patents)
- Cutter for use in forming dowels, plugs, and tenons (LG Lee, RC Lee – US Patent 6,099,214, 2000 – Google Patents)
- Plugs With Dimensional Tolerance Absorbing Hold-In Surfaces (RJ Pelc – US Patent App. 13/144,563, 2011 – Google Patents)