How to Fill a Hole in Wood and Redrill: A Complete Guide

Are you annoyed with the constant cranking sound of your old furniture? Well, I was too. But as a college student with a low-paid part-time job, it was pretty difficult for me to buy a new one. I had to look for the best alternative. In this article, I will tell you how to fill a hole in wood and redrill, with some pointers and much-needed suggestions.

You don’t have to worry about being an expert on this one because I wasn’t even close to being one when I did that work. So wear the safety gear, and let’s get started. 

3 Easy Ways to Fill Screw Holes in Wood for Reuse

There are several ways to do this, but for easy maneuver, we have found three easy beginner-friendly techniques- 

  • The first option is filling the hole with a ready-made wood filler. This one is as easy as it can be. You can purchase fillers from a hardware store. 
  • The second option is making your own wood filler (not so easy) by mixing wood particles with wood glue. 
  • The third option is using a logs plug. 

First Option, Ready Made Wood Filler

There are many variants of wood filler that can be screwed into the hole.  They almost work the same way. Just the preparation method, time, and results might turn out differently. 

Vinyl Wood Filler: 

  • It gives the best result. 
  • It doesn’t take much time to dry. 
  • Best works on the wooden floor and indoor furniture. 

Gypsum Plank Filler: 

  • It is used on both indoor and outdoor furniture, especially the one that will be painted later. 
  • It needs approximately 36 hours for the deeper filling to dry up. 

Cellulose Board Filler:

  • Probably the most affordable one on this list. 
  • Suitable for both indoor and outdoor furniture. 
  • It quickly dries up and lasts for a very long time. 

Epoxy Wood Filler: 

  • It is the most durable one. 
  • Isn’t affected by moisture. 
  • It dries quickly. 
  • It can be nailed and drilled afterward without much damage. 
  • Best for both indoor and outdoor furniture. 

So far, Epoxy filler is the best option to choose from all this. It is both durable and affordable. For a long-lasting effect, this is the best option. 


  • First, unscrew the bolt with a screwdriver. 
  • Peel any residue paint mark using a scrapper. 
  • Then for extra cleanness, use a half wet cloth to clean the surface. 
  • Now take the filler of your liking to fill the whole. 
  • Always put some extra filler on the hole, as the filler shrinks when it dries. So doing it will ensure that the whole hole is filled. 
  • Evenly put the filler on the whole. Use a spatula knife to press the stuffing inside the hole and to smooth out the surface. 
  • Now, after all this is done, you will just have to wait for it to dry down. In your product description, you will find the drying out time. Please don’t touch the filler until then; it can cause the surface to become wrinkled. 
  • After the filler has dried down, you have to level the surface. Use sandpaper and scrape the surface so that the stuffing is inline with the wood. 
  • Use your hand to inspect your work. If you feel that the hole is not entirely filled, add more filled in the area and wait it out. 

This is how to fill a hole in wood and redrill using wood filler. If you want to paint the surface to give it a nice look, I have some tips. 

  • Most filler won’t match the surface color. So it might look odd to some. You can apply some primer to it. To some extent, this will even out the color. 
  • Now you can paint it according to your liking. 

Using Sawdust and Glue 

glue using on wood piece

This is not the easiest or the most recommended way. If you don’t have any experience in woodworking drills, then I wouldn’t recommend it.  Many carpenters make their own fillers to cut our costs.  This comes in handy when you have a pro hand that wants to make a custom filler to suit their board surface. 

Most stuffings that are available in the market don’t have much of a color variant. This is one of the best ways to even out the color even without using a primer. 


  • Making a custom filler can be a messy job. So wear gloves and a mask while doing it. 
  • Use the sawdust that you have previously stored or make it instantly using sandpaper or an electric sander.

Tip: Make sure the wood particle matches the color of your wood.  

  • Use a big box or a collection bag to collect all the particles. 
  • Now scan the whole bag for some big scrapes. Set them aside. Also, sweep away dust and dirt from the collected sawdust. 
  • Now take a clean mixing bowl. Put the clean wood particles in it. After that, start pouring the glue into it. Keep mixing the solution using a thick stick. Make sure not to put too much glue in it. This will make the solution turn out too gooey, which we are trying to avoid.  
Note: the mixture hardens pretty quickly, so keep stirring. 
  • Test the mixture. It should have a fine texture. Not too rough, not too soft. If somehow the combination turns out to be too hard, then I would suggest you make a new batch using the same process. Mix this solution with the new collection. 
  • After the mixture turns out in your desired form, start pouring it into the hole.  Firstly use your hand to push the solution down the damaged area. 
  • Once the whole area is filled, using a wooden spatula or sandpaper to level the surface, sweep away any residue. 
  • Now, wait for the area to dry off. 
  • Throw away the excess mixture. It won’t be in a workable condition later. 
  • Quickly wash the mixing bowl, stick, and spatula. The mixture will be really hard to remove if you leave it. 
  • After a few hours, check the area if it has hardened. Once it dries off, use sandpaper to sand the surface. Don’t overdo the process. 
  • Finally, clean the area thoroughly using a washcloth. 
  • Pint the surface as your heart desires.  

Using Wood Plug to Fill the Hole

some wood plug to fill the hole

Using wood plugs is a new trend. It is a cylinder-shaped wood piece. You can purchase it from your local hardware or from any online portal. With proper tools and experience, you can make one too. Many expert craftsmen use plug cutters to make their own batch of plugs.  This technique is helpful in case you are plugging the large square hole. On a rough surface, it doesn’t give the desired result. But the method is easy, durable, and hassle-free. 


Put on your gloves and follow these easy steps to get the desired result. 

  • Inspect your whole thoroughly. 
  • Buy or make a wood plug according to that hole. 
  • Now take the plug and put it in your hole.  
  • Use your hand to force the plug to adjust correctly, or use a hammer. 
  • Let the glue dry for a bit. 
  • Now to trim the extra surface wood, use a hand saw. 
  • Now to even out the surface, sand the area using a sand scrapper. 
  • Use primer and paint to give it a refined look. 

Re-drilling the Wood after Filling 

re-driling wood after filing plug

This technique might give you a refined look and smooth surface; however, they are not full-proof. In certain situations, you might want to re-drill on them. If not done correctly, they won’t fulfill their purpose. You will still hear that annoying sound. So I am going to give you some tips. I made those mistakes and had to lose some amount of money. I don’t want my fellow brothers to face those came casualty 

  • Before filling the hole with a ready-made wood filler or a custom-made filler, put some toothpicks or matchsticks to the spot. This will give it extra stability to the filling. If you want to re-drill in the same place, this is something you must follow. 
  • If you are going with the plugging method, it would be best to drill the area to make it slightly bigger. This will help you to plug the hole quickly. For extra support, you can put wood filler. 
  • Remember to always use a wood plug that is wider than the previous one so that the hole can be filled quickly. 

Final Word How to fill a hole in wood and redrill

How to fill a hole in wood and redrill is one of the typical google searches among beginner carpenters. This is mainly because they drill in the wrong place and filling the hole is the only solution if they don’t want to waste money on buying another board. So I hope this article helps them with their work. 

Not all this method comes cheaply though. As a low-cost technique, I would suggest using the second method. But if you don’t have much experience then this might give you more hassle than needed. So choose your preferred method wisely and start working on it.

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Oliver is an efficient interior designer and part-time content writer of TopToolsLab. He has strong research skills about tools, accessories, and products such as drills, saws, air composers, cutting machines, etc. He knows the correct uses of the part of every tool. He can give proper information and meaningful description to find out the perfect result of the tool.

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