I need to fasten a piece of oak by drilling a 3/8" hole, screwing it, and
then cover using an oak face-grain plug. The plugs are just barely tight
enough for the hole.
Can I soak the plugs in water for about an hour to swell them prior to using
Buck Turgidson wrote:
> I need to fasten a piece of oak by drilling a 3/8" hole, screwing
> then cover using an oak face-grain plug. The plugs are just barely
> enough for the hole.
> Can I soak the plugs in water for about an hour to swell them prior
I'd probably use varnish as an adhesive when you install the plugs.
I wouldn't either. Even if they swelled enough, they'd just shrink
back down once they dried. I'd get a Veritas snug-plug cutter (or ask
a nice wRECker to use one of theirs) to cut some appropriate tapered
plugs that will fit tightly, or drill your initial hole with a
slightly undersized drill bit (if it's not too late).
If they are tight enough, even if barely so, what is the problem? Just
pop them in with a little glue.
Bad idea. If they are already tight enough, soaking them will swell
them, making them too tight. to fit them in the hole, they will
either have to be sanded or otherwise cut down, or the fibers will be
crushed in forcing them into the hole, and when it dries out and
shrinks back, it will be longer be tight enough in the hole.
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