Step 2: Drive in The Screw

illustration of person driving a screw into pilot hole in stair tread
Illustration: Harry Bates
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Drive each screw tight to the bottom of its counterbore. Dab the sides of the counterbore with carpenter's glue and insert the plug, positioned so that its face grain lines up with the tread's. Tap the plug snugly into the counterbore with a mallet.
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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/driver fitted with brad-point bit and smaller twist bit
    • mallet
      Mallet
    • random orbit sander
      Random orbit sander

    Shopping List

    Wood plugs with tapered sides
    Masking tape
    Flat-head deck screws
    Carpenter's glue