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dburton posted 04-30-2002 11:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for dburton   Send Email to dburton  
I am restoring a 1976 13 sport. The mahogany seats and other pieces have drilled holes. Has any one used mahogany wood plugs from West Marine or other source to fill the hole? If so, what is the correct procedure for using the plugs?


Jim Bennett posted 04-30-2002 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jim Bennett  Send Email to Jim Bennett     
Recently used WM plugs to reassemble RPS on my 73 OR 21. Put a dab of wood glue on bottom of plug and hammered in with block of wood. Use wood chisel to carefully knock off excess plug, sand and resume finishing.
Chris J posted 05-01-2002 11:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
If you need a lot of wood plugs you might want to get a plug cutter. They are available from some of the larger tool suppliers. A plug cutter and some scrap mahogany and you have all the plugs you need (for life), plus you can cut them from wood that exactly matches the rest of the work, even if you use some pretty exotic woods.
browning20ga posted 05-01-2002 12:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for browning20ga  Send Email to browning20ga     
If your holes are a little elongated or rounded at the top edge, you might want to re-drill the holes a little larger before plugging them. I had to do this and it turned out great
Whaler Proud posted 05-01-2002 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
A flush saw will give a nicer finish than a chisel and will require less sanding afterward. They can be bought at most woodworking or contractor supply stores for less than $20.00 and come in handy for all types of projects.

Harbor Freight Tools carries a fairly nice one for less than $10.00.

JimU posted 05-02-2002 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for JimU  Send Email to JimU     
I restored the woodwork on a 13-4 sport. Buy a set of plug cutters from Lowes or Home Depot. Redrill any non-standard holes and cht standard size plugs. Works great.
dburton posted 05-02-2002 04:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for dburton  Send Email to dburton     
Thanks for the tips! I will tackle the project this weekend.
simonmeridew posted 05-02-2002 07:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for simonmeridew  Send Email to simonmeridew     
A flush cutting router bit in a router will cut off a plug really nicely. Have used this for thousands of plugs in my flooring. Just adjust the up/down on some scrap till it's perfectly flush
dscew posted 05-02-2002 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for dscew    
There are 2 flush cutting saws on ebay, $14.99 each. I've used them, great little tools.

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