Step 3: Hide Your Work

illustration of person sanding and hiding screw head with wood plug in stair tread
Illustration: Harry Bates
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Use a damp rag to wipe away any glue that squeezes out. When the glue dries, sand the plug flush and watch your handiwork disappear.
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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