Tips for Plugging a Countersunk Screw

What You'll Need
Wood putty
Putty knife
Pre-made plugs
Plug cutter tool

A countersunk screw is used in woodworking, primarily when making furniture. You may also find it used in cabinetry and other woodworking projects. Follow the helpful tips below when you plug a countersunk screw.

Wood Putty

The most common way of plugging a countersunk screw is to use wood putty. Wood putty comes in a neutral color or in colors that are tinted various wood hues. You simply pick up a bit of the putty on your putty knife and scrape it into the hole. You may need to pass the knife over the area a few times to smooth it. When the putty is dry, it can be sanded and stained to match the wood.

Pre-Made Plugs

Many woodworking supply stores sell ready-made plugs in the sizes of the most commonly used screws for you to tap into place over the screw head. The only drawback to this type of plug is that it rarely comes in an assortment of wood as pine and oak are the most common plugs made. If your wood is another type, any stain you apply may not match the plug.

Plug Cutter Tool

For a professional look, try using a plug cutter tool. With this tool, you use a piece or scrap of the wood you are working with to make the exact size of plug you need using the actual wood. When stained, it will match perfectly.