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Repairing Stripped Screw Holes in Wood Repairing Stripped Screw Holes in Wood Hot

If you work on a pinball game for more than about five minutes you're going to find a stripped screw hole in either the cabinet or the playfield.  All you need is some wood glue and a couple of toothpicks to fix this problem (bamboo skewers also work well).  It is worth noting, this is the procedure that professional woodworkers use on stripped holes.

All you need to do is dip the toothpick in the wood glue and push it into the screw hole until it hits bottom.  Then do the same with a second toothpick (note: use high-quality round toothpicks not the cheap ones that are flat at the business end) .  The hole will look pretty full, but nine times out of ten it takes two toothpicks to solve the problem.

Clip the toothpicks flush with the playfield or cabinet (use diagonal cutters), wipe off any excess glue, put your part(s) in place and tighten the screw.  Once the glue dries it will have a slight adhesion to the screw, about the same as Loctite.  Images 1 through 4 show the stripped hole in a Data East Hook cabinet, installed toothpicks, clipped toothpicks and finished product.

Although I don't think it's necessary, you could tighten the screw about 1/2 way after clipping off the toothpicks.  Then remove the screw, clean it and once the glue is dry reinstall everything.

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Repairing Stripped Screw Holes in Wood
Repairing Stripped Screw Holes in Wood
Repairing Stripped Screw Holes in Wood
Repairing Stripped Screw Holes in Wood