Oak Veneer Finish Door Frames

by Mike sullivan


I am installing some Oak veneer finish door frames, that I will be hanging some oak veneer doors into.

I'm just wondering what ways I could hide the head of the frame fixing screw? I don't want there to be any visible fixings afterward and
don't want to use filler in the frames as it will look crap.



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Jun 15, 2011
Hiding the screw heads
by: Superchippy Shane

Hi Mike, when I am hanging doors and frames that are not going to be painted I normally plug the frame like Gary said, but another way you can do it is to pre-drill the frame at an angle on the edge where the architrave will cover it just keep it back from the edge enough so the screw doesn't pull through the frame and so the architrave will then cover the screws.

Dec 02, 2010
How to hide screws in a hardwood door lining
by: Gary

Hi Mike,

This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be considered when installing a hardwood product like oak veneer finish door linings.

Because the frame is not going to be painted, I normally space the screws equally apart and use a 12mm auger bit to predrill a hole for the screw head, at least/around 4mm deep.

Then drill pilot/clearance hole through that.

Finally, when the door is installed in the frame and the lining doesn't need to be adjusted any more use a plug cutter to cut a 12mm pellet to fit perfectly into the screw holes.

You'll need an off-cut of oak for this that you can plane/sand when the glue has dried.

You can also buy tapered pellets if you don't have a cutter.

If it's too late to pellet the screw hole (may be able to do this by pre-drilling a ply template so the auger bit doesn't 'wander' when you start the hole) the only other way I can think of is to use a thin, wide doorstop like you do when making a really deep door lining out of two door linings to cover where their edges meet.

There's more help installing door linings here.

Hope this helps,


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