I just had my first occasion to make a set of glass doors using pocket hole
joinery to hold the frame pieces. They came out great. I bought some pocket
hole plugs but was surprised to see how much the were above the surface of
the frame (or as Norm would say -- "proud" of the surface). They stick up
about 1/8" Clearly I can sand them down but it will take a lot of sanding as
they are oak. Has anyone used these plugs and have you had the same
That depends on how deep you drill the hole, and the shape of the
screw head. They probably make them a little long in case you need to
drill the hole deeper.
Another option is to make your own - cut a 3/8 dowel off at 45
degrees, tap it in, and use a flush cutting saw to trim it (like you
would any other dowel plug).
That really is a great tip. I hadn't thought of that but recall now, seeing
it in a book somewhere to cut dowels flush. I guess you could set the bit
proud of the surface by 1/64" or so.
Only one problem - on an inside corner, you can't get the router in there to
cut them. Maybe a laminate trimmer with an offset base?
Well, yeah, but the topic was router. With a flush cut saw, you have to
sand, quite a bit. If you use a router and sharp bit, and a chisel to take
off the last hair, you don't need to sand. Sanding sucks.
I usually do the trimming before I put the back on. Also, I make the
first hole about 2" from the edge so I do'nt have any trouble getting at the
If you have a little money and you want what looks like the easiest way to
It is designed for doing solid wood edging but it should work well for
dowels and plugs.
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