how to fill screw holes with wood filler?

When you get a screw hole in your wood, it can be frustrating. You might have to drill out the hole and start over or even replace the entire piece of furniture. If that’s not an option for you, don’t worry!

There are plenty of ways to fill in screw holes with wood filler or other materials. So read on for tips on how to fill screw holes in wood quickly and easily!

What is best to fill screw holes in wood?

Filling the hole with wood putty is another option. Wood putty is a cheaper alternative to wood filler, but it’s not as easy to work with, and you need to be careful that you don’t apply too much pressure when applying the filler.

When you’re done filling the holes, sanding down any excess may be necessary for a smooth finish.

What to fill in screw holes with?

The first step for filling holes is to determine what you want to fill the hole with. There are three main options: wood filler, wood putty, and epoxy.

Wood filler is a great choice for smaller holes. It’s easy to use and dries quickly, so it won’t take long before you can start sanding your project down again.

If you have a large hole that needs filling, however—one that’s several inches in diameter—you’ll probably need something stronger than wood filler.

For this purpose, we recommend using a product called Spax (available at any lumber store). This material has been formulated specifically for patching large holes in drywall and other materials made of plaster or gypsum wallboard (yes—the stuff used on bathroom walls).

Its consistency is very similar to toothpaste but with much greater strength; just squeeze some out onto your screw hole and smooth it over with your finger until you’ve completely covered up the damaged area (you’ll want gloves on during this process).

Afterward (and once again wearing gloves), spread an even layer of joint compound over top of this new patchwork surface using a trowel or putty knife until all traces have been removed from view; allow time for drying before proceeding further.

How do you fill holes in wood with wood filler?

To fill a hole in wood, you’ll need to apply a small amount of wood filler to the hole. To do this, use a putty knife to scoop up some of the filler and then press it into the whole.

Don’t use too much at once—you want just enough so that when you tap it with your finger, no excess material comes out. If there is too much filler in the hole, wipe it away with a damp cloth before adding more.

Once you’ve filled the whole with wood filler and wiped off any excess material, let it dry for 24 hours before sanding down any rough spots or ridges left by your putty knife scraping against the surface of your project (this will allow them time to cure).

Can you put wood filler over screws?

You can use wood filler to cover the screw head, or you can fill in the screw holes. The best part about wood filler is that it’s easy to apply and dries quickly (usually within 24 hours).

It comes in a range of colors so you can match your existing paint job, or choose from a variety of shades depending on where you’re using it.

It’s also great for filling holes and cracks in wood, which might be useful if you’re repairing broken furniture.

What’s the difference between wood filler and wood putty?

Wood filler and wood putty are both used to fill holes, cracks, and other imperfections in wood. Here’s the difference:

  • Wood filler is more expensive than wood putty.
  • Wood filler is thicker and harder to sand than wood putty.
  • Wood filler is easier to apply, which makes it ideal for large holes or deep scratches on furniture you want to preserve, such as a dining room table or an antique chair.

On the other hand, if you’re just filling a small hole from a nail or screwing on a piece of furniture that’s not worth preserving (like an end table), then using wood putty will work just fine since it’s cheaper than buying the more expensive stuff specifically designed for filling larger holes in wooden surfaces.

How do you fill a loose screw hole?

You can fill a screw hole with wood filler. But how do you tell if the wood filler is made for this purpose?

  • Make sure it’s not just regular wood putty or polyester compound, which may not be strong enough to hold in your screws.
  • Look for a formulation that’s designed specifically to fill screw holes, like this one from Minwax.

How do you fill deep screw holes in a wall?

If you want to fill deep screw holes in wood, you can use a combination of the following:

  • Epoxy. Use epoxy to plug large holes and cover the surrounding area. Epoxies are available at hardware stores and home improvement centers, and they’re easy to apply with a small brush or putty knife. You can even use epoxy on softwood if it’s stained or painted already—just wait until the paint is dry before applying it.
  • Polyurethane/contact cement. These compounds will quickly seal up any rough areas on your piece of furniture and give it a nice finish when dry. Just make sure you let them sit for 24 hours before using them!

Can I use wood filler on walls?

Yes and no. Wood putty is designed to be used on wood, so if you decide to use it on a wall, make sure that you’re using the right kind of wood filler for the job.

It will get messy if it comes in contact with other materials like drywall or plaster, which can make cleanup difficult or impossible.

However, some types of concrete can be repaired with wood putty and a little ingenuity—just make sure you know how far down the hole goes before excavating too much!


Hopefully, this guide has been helpful in making the decision to fill your screw holes and any other imperfections in wood.

A lot of people think it’s a difficult process but as long as you have patience and follow our tips, it should be no problem for anyone!

We hope that by now you know what type of filler would work best for your project needs. If not, feel free to ask us any questions or leave us feedback below so we can help out even more!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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