how to use wood filler for screw holes?

You’ve just found the perfect piece of wood to use in your next project. You’re excited to get started, but when you take the wood out of its packaging, you notice that there are visible screw holes in it.

What do you do? Do these screw holes ruin your project? Can they be fixed? Read on for everything you need to know about filling in screws with wood filler!

Can you fill screw holes with wood filler?

You’ve got a few options when it comes to filling in screw holes. You can either fill the hole with something like wood filler or you can leave it as is and live with the unsightly hole.

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to fill in your screw holes:

  • If you live in an area that gets cold, you might want to consider filling them with wood filler because it might be easier than removing all of the screws every winter. This will save time, which could mean money for you next year when you don’t have to spend as much time taking apart your project just so that it doesn’t fall apart during winter months!
  • If aesthetics aren’t important enough for you yet still want their benefits—and if they’re small enough—you can simply drill out just enough space for whatever type of anchor/screw is being used through both pieces of wood first before attaching them together since this will give more room for error (which means less chance at messing up).

How do you fill in screw holes in wood?

Filling in screw holes in wood is typically a straightforward process. You’ll need to use a putty knife and apply the filler to the hole, then smooth it out with your tool.

Let the filler dry, sand it until smooth, wipe away any dust and you’re done!

Can you cover screws with wood filler?

The answer is yes, you can cover screws with wood filler. It’s not too hard to do either—you can use a putty knife or screwdriver to spread the filler into the hole and smooth it out.

Just make sure that you get all of the wood filler in there so that it’s level with your surface. You can also use a drill for a quicker process if time isn’t an issue for you.

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

It’s easy to confuse wood putty with wood filler, especially if you’re new to home repair. It turns out that they’re two different products that serve slightly different purposes.

Wood putty is a more liquid form of wood filler and is more flexible than its more solid counterpart. While both are generally used for filling holes, cracks, and other small imperfections in your furniture or cabinetry, the main difference between them is their drying time—or lack thereof.

Wood putty dries within minutes after application and can be sanded or painted on immediately, making it ideal for small repairs such as nail pops and screw holes (but not so great for larger dents).

Wood filler on the other hand dries much slower than wood putty due to its thicker consistency—a few hours at least—which gives you plenty of time to prepare before applying any finishing touches like paint or stain.

How do you smooth wood filler?

Once you’ve added fillers, it’s time to smooth them out. Use a putty knife, or trowel, and then gently scrape the filler so that it is even with the countertop.

Use a damp cloth and remove excess wood filler (which should be relatively dry by now).

The final step is to sand down the surface of your countertop using progressively finer grits of sandpaper until it’s smooth.

How do you fill deep screw holes in a wall?

First, cut off the top of the putty knife with a hacksaw. Then use it to apply the wood filler. Make sure to leave a slight gap around all edges of the hole so that it doesn’t get filled in completely.

Next, smooth out any rough spots with a damp cloth and let dry for several hours before sanding down any bumps or ridges left behind by your workmanship (or not-so-good workmanship).

How do you apply wood filler?

Before you begin, it’s important to understand that the process of filling screw holes is more art than science. The technique you use will depend on a number of factors: the type of wood filler you choose, how big the hole is, and how much filler you want to apply in total.

But with that being said, there are some basic steps that should be followed regardless of what procedure you choose:

First off, fill your screw hole with a thin layer of wood filler. You don’t need to worry about getting too much in there; just cover up as much surface area as possible so that when it dries out (which happens quickly), there won’t be any visible gaps between your wood surface and your new filler material.

Next thing next—use your putty knife or other tools (we like dowel rods) and spread the filler around until it becomes smooth and even with no visible lumps anywhere on its surface (you can also just press down on any lumps manually if they don’t disappear naturally).

Once everything looks good after spreading around one layer of filler into place within those walls made by yourself earlier today while sitting at home watching Netflix shows featuring actors who were once famous but now aren’t anymore because they’re old enough now where nobody cares about them anymore either way!

How long does wood filler take to dry?

It’s important to note that how long the wood filler takes to dry is dependent on a few different factors: the type of wood filler you’re using, the type of wood, humidity levels, and temperature.

If you’re using an oil-based filler (such as Minwax Polycrylic) and your project is made out of oak or some other dense hardwood grain, it will take longer than if your project was made out of pine and filled with an oil-based or water-based filler.

For example:

If you’re filling a small hole in a piece of pine and using an oil-based filler like Minwax Polycrylic, it should dry within 24 hours at room temperature with 70% humidity.

But if you are filling a larger hole (like one inch deep) in oak that goes all the way through both sides with Minwax Polycrylic Oil Based Stainable Wood Filler (also an oil-based product), it may take up to 48 hours for complete drying time.


Wood filler is a great product to use on your projects. It can be used in many different ways and comes in many different forms.

But one thing it isn’t good for is covering screw holes! Here’s how to fill those pesky screw holes so they don’t show up anymore while staying within budget.

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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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