Step 3: Hide Your Work

illustration of person sanding and hiding screw head with wood plug in stair tread
Illustration: Harry Bates
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.
Ask TOH users about Stairs

Contribute to This Story Below

    Tools List

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

    Shopping List

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