DIY LIFE (March 27, 2012) – Don’t you just hate it when a hinge on a door or cabinet just won’t stay put because the screw hole is stripped out? Sure, you can use a bigger or longer screw, but then it won’t match. Frankly, that just looks tacky. But don’t lose hope; here’s a trick I use.
The first thing to do is remove the offending hardware. Next, dig one of your golf tees out of your golf bag. Apply some epoxy glue or wood glue on the pointy end and sides of the tee. Tap it in with a mallet or hammer as far as it’ll go. After the glue is completely dry, use your coping saw to cut off any excess tee and sand as needed. Presto! New wood!
Now you can replace the hardware and it’s as good as new – maybe better. The hole is too small for a tee? Use as many toothpicks as will fit in the hole. The ones with flat sides work best. The great thing about this hack is that it really doesn’t have to be pretty; the hinge covers up your handiwork.
— Kelly Smith