Hiding Pocket Holes with Pocket Hole Plugs

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Screw pockets are a great way to put projects together, but are unsightly. If the pocket holes on your project are going to show when it’s done, there’s a great (and easy) way to hide them. All it takes is glue, dowels and some hand tools. You can even turn pocket holes into a decorative accent.

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11 Responses to “Hiding Pocket Holes with Pocket Hole Plugs”
  1. gnuckols

    Great video! This approach would also allow using species for which Kreg plugs aren’t available, either buying dowels or making your own (for more unusual species).

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  2. Gregg Fenske

    The problem is that the 3/8″ dowel, and the plugs that Kreg sells are both too small. The diameter is anywhere from 1/16″ to an 1/8″ smaller than the (pocket) hole. You can’t get a tight fit…

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  3. Thomas St. James

    I use pocket holes from time to time. For a computer desk I made which was rather large, I used no glue joining the parts using pocket holes. The reason, was that the desk needed to be able to be disassembled in the shop and reassembled in the office. If it needs to be moved again it can be disassembled again. I didn’t hide the holes, line of sight did that for me. I do thank you for your tip however. I may use it on a headboard I am planning.

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  4. George Vondriska

    There are dowels and there are dowels. The dowels I used in this video were hardwood (red oak) dowels, ordered from Rockler. I’ve found that the dowels sold at home centers are the ones that are typically undersized.

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  5. papamelj@cox.net

    I made a fixture to pre-cut the dowels on my band saw. Insert the dowel, cut on the plus side (1/32) and then, because the dowel has the same angled cut, cut the dowel straight across. This leaves two fillers for pocket holes. Re-insert the dowel, and cut again. Use a fine tooth band saw blade. Anyone interested in pictures of the jig, email me at: Papamelj@cox.net.

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  6. JOHN

    I am building my grandson a desk with 4 drawers running horizontal. I was pondering different ways to build the case work for the drawers, when I came across this video. I’ve got it figured out. Thanks- John

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  7. Ryan Kuhl

    Interesting! It also looks like you can use the dowel waste as a pre-cut plug.

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