Aligning Plug Grain

I just watched the tip for gluing plugs without getting glue all over the place – Filling the well left by removing the firs plug with glue and dipping the subsequent plugs in the glue reservoir. It made me wonder if anyone else uses this trick for alignment of the plugs with the grain.

It sometimes is hard to detect the direction of the grain of the wood plug once you remove it from the board. After you drill all the plugs for the project, keeping them in a straight line, with the grain, simply take a ruler and draw a pencil line down the middle of the top of all the plugs in the direction of the grain. Then you can align them with the grain making them more invisible. Or, conversely, you can deliberately put them cross grin for more contrast, highlighting the plug.

– Will Willoughby
Las Cruces, New Mexico

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