Originally Posted by Cheechako
Yep, contrary to posts that say use a chisel or an ice pick... no way are those less damage prone. Not even close. But then I've only done a few hundred plugs. Any act prying, not pulling the plug straight out of the hole, will often damage the wood, chipping or ovalizing the hole.. However, plugs shouldn't be glued in, but I imagine some people have done it.
Forstner creates a cavity in the middle, so the bung remnant when being picked out can collapse inward. Super fast easy and efficient. Personally, I bung with G5 five minute epoxy
. Good luck pulling my bungs! But, they don't leak, so you don't have to. Also, I make sure to countersink/counterbore to an appropriate depth
with a Fuller bit with a stop collar, so all of my bungs come out exactly the same depth
, which is nice and deep if possible. No shallow bungs=no redo in the near future. Also, epoxied bungs=no redoing bungs that popped out because they were shallow and only dipped in varnish
or similar. Also, G5 doesn't leave a "ring around the rosey" on your bungs like resorcinol or other less aggressive glues, which usually aren't dead clear. And, G5 being an epoxy
, it is designed for gap filling, unlike other adhesives. This means if someone who went there before you left you some less than perfectly round bung holes, you don't necessarily need to go up a size, which can be unsightly. If you try to do this with a non gap filling adhesive
, you will pay down the road. JMHE.