Installing new knobs in dresser, previous holes are too big

Old 11-17-13, 03:55 PM
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Installing new knobs in dresser, previous holes are too big

I'm painting and putting new knobs onto an old dresser. I purchased some knobs and then I realized that the holes from the previous knobs are a lot bigger than the new screw, and it causes the new knobs to jiggle a lot.

I did some research and came up with a wood filler. Now I'm just wondering if this is the right thing I need, what kind I would need (Home Depot has several kinds for sale), and how to go about using it. I've never used wood filler before and any help would be great. Thanks!
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If there wiggling then the screws not tight enough.
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Welcome to the forums Jenny!

How much bigger is the hole than the screw/bolt? Is there a reason it won't tighten up and stay tight? Would a washer on the backside help? For the most part fillers aren't that strong and wouldn't help much other than taking up the slack on the sides.

It might be better to relocate the knobs [drill new holes] and fill the old ones.
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I would fill the existing holes with a glued wood dowel and drill new ones.

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