Wood Filler

How To Screw Into Wood Filler


Do you know what to do if wood gets damaged at some point, covered up with scratches and holes? This is where wood filler comes into use. As the name suggests it is used to fill the gaps or holes that appear on wood in a course of time.

Wood ageing and ravages caused by pests or moist environments could leave the wood in a drastic condition. It can have cracks, holes and cavities to be filled to get a smooth texture of its surface. Not only the aged wood piece but also the new and fresh one can also give you problems like this. So, to repair it and make it flat and smooth like brand new, we use wood fillers. Wood filler is more like a paste than a solid. It is made up of different materials. Various companies have their various ways and raw materials to build this. It comes in diversified types.

All wood fillers made of epoxy can be considered better among all of the others out there. Albeit, many factors decide which one’s best but let’s discuss it here. You need to create a pilot hole for scraping in epoxy. You can even sand and stain the wood filler. Wood fillers are a kind of wood that tends to hide all defects in it.

Let’s dig into the real procedure of how to screw wood filler. Follow this guideline to get the required results.

Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Drilling machine/hammer and nails
  • Screws
  • Drill bits

Drilling the wood filler requires extra precautions. As we know the wood filler is not the same as actual wood. We have to wait for some time to let it dry and get hard after its application on the wood. If we drill in the wet wood filler or partially dry wood filler you won’t get anywhere. As we mentioned above that only certain types of wood fillet are suitable for drilling therefore it is a complicated step and the most crucial one, too.

There are also multipurpose and exterior wood filler you can drill into.

A step-by-step guide to screw screws in wood filler

Step 1: Clean The Wood

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The surface you will drill needs to be cleaned first. As we apply wood filler on the wood to hide its defects we also need to make the surface flat on the other hand.

Make sure your surface has no bulges because of the wood filler you applied.

Use sandpaper to make it flat and even. Don’t begin this procedure just after you apply the wood filler, wait for some time and let it dry and become hard. Give it time and let it set properly.

Step 2: Make a pilot hole in the wood filler

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It is a very delicate and crucial procedure as it will decide the fate of the wood price you are working on. A single mistake can not only lead to the distortion of wood filler but it can further damage your wooden piece.

The pilot hole should be large enough as the screw’s minor diameter. If wood is hard and the screw has deep threads then it should be larger than the screw’s minor diameter.

Drilling the wood filler is the backbone of this procedure. If you want to drill a hole in a wood fillet without fracturing you need to make a pilot hole first with the help of drill bits. Drilling a pilot hole allows threads of screws to parent the walls rather than destroying the wooden fibres apart. It will establish a rigid connection and the screw will drive in straight.

You can also use the substitutes of drilling machines that are hammer and nail. But it will be cliche. Although, it can be proved as a worthy substitute.

Step 3: Drive in the screws

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The easiest one among all these steps. You just have to know how to operate a screwdriver to drive in screws in the wood filler. If you are confronting any difficulties with it then don’t worry everything has alternatives.

You can use an automatic screwdriver that operates on the screws. It will drive in the screws appropriately in their individual places. You just need to know how to use your hands to hold it. Well, this is a straightforward task to do as long as you have your hands. Just kidding.

Step 4: The final touch

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You are almost done with this tutorial now. But who wants to see screws on their furniture and floors? Nobody. So, if you don’t want any screw to be visible on your stuff you can get rid of it by painting it. If that doesn’t work, gluing a similar wooden piece in that position might help. Don’t know how to do this? Hakuna Matata, you can learn how to glue things on your wood on cutthewood.com and some great ideas like this.


There are some things to remember before opting for this tutorial. As we are using machines and sharp things, if you do not take the required measures then you have plenty of chances to harm yourself.

If you are doing it for the first time then you need to be more cautious with this.

First of all, don’t forget to wear hand gloves. They are a must if you do work like this often. You can keep a pair in your pockets just in case you ruin the ones you are wearing

Keep your eyes well-protected as well. Wearing eyeglasses might be helpful here. Wood filler has chemicals that can harm you severely if you are not careful enough with it. Drilling can also damage your eyes as it will cause grit in the air that can go into your eyes and harm them.


Even when you know the whole guidelines on how to screw the wood filler, you can also face several impediments too. The wood filler you are driving screws into is not wood so don’t expect that it will last long as the wood. The wood filler you are choosing will impact the condition of your wooden furniture or any other entity but even the high-quality fillers last for years.

Screwing into wood filler is lenient but not durable. The simple wood filler won’t work when it comes to driving screws into the fillers. The air bubbles can also form into the wood fillers which also resist you screwing in it.

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