I am in a house that had been bedsitter-ized. I've converted it back to a family house and the final job is to take off the Yale surface locks that had been put on 4 of the interior doors. The holes for the barrels appear to have been drilled with one of those spade-type wood bits, so although not bad are not going to be a good fit to a wood plug, and I don't have a lathe too fashion suitable plugs. The holes about 32 mm dia., and are centred 40mm from the edge
I do have a router, and routing out the holes to clean them up seems straight-forward, but that leaves me with the problem of making/obtaining suitable dowels to fill them. Also, using dowels will leave me with end-grain which although not ideal is tolerable if they are to be painted.
Possibly a better option is to convert the round holes to rectangular (possibly routed with rounded corners, or the corners then squared up with a chisel?) and fashion rectangular blocks to suit with the face grain matching the door grain (in direction at least), That would give a future option of stripping the existing door paint and staining instead.
Any ideas on making router templates to (a) clean up the existing holes and produce good fitting dowel plugs? or (b) ditto but with squaring the holes and making matching plugs?
Or should I start with sourcing some slightly oversize 32mm diameter dowel, then router the holes to match?
- posted 6 months ago