Adjusting Screw Holes for Hinges

No matter how carefully I’ve marked and drilled a pilot hole, sometimes one still ends up in the wrong place. When that happens, there’s a simple solution that will take care of the problem — invisibly.

Drill out the hole

First, I drill out the pilot hole with a ¼" -dia. bit, as illustrated above. Then I apply some glue to a matching dowel and tap it into the hole, as you can see in the second drawing below.

Tap in the dowel

Once the glue dries, you can trim the dowel flush with a chisel. Then lay out and drill a new pilot hole. Best of all, after you screw the hinge in place, it covers up any evidence of the repair.

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