handyman chiselIf you have ever done any kind of handyman woodworking project, you occasionally need to secure wood together with screws. Screw heads are not the most attractive fasteners in the world, so it makes sense to cover them and try to make them blend in. You can do this with wood plugs.

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You will need to recess the screw heads into the wood with a tapered counter sinking bit. Once you pre-drill the hole and make sure the countersink is both deep enough to cover the head and get a plug to fit, you can get a plug. The plug should be the same species of wood and the correct size to fit into the countersunk hole. You can either buy plugs or make your own with a plug cutting bit.

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Gently tap the plug into the hole. You can cut the plug flush with the surrounding surface by holding a sharp chisel at an angle and cutting it off with a slight tapping motion. You can also use a hand plane and run it across the surface a few times to level it out. You might be able to tap the plug in gently with a hammer and set it so that it is flush with the surrounding wood. Then you can stain or paint all the surfaces so that they blend in.

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