How to Fix a Stripped Wooden Cabinet Knob

Repairing wooden cabinet knob with toothpicks.
Using toothpicks to repair a stripped, wooden cabinet knob.

Wooden knobs, which are attached with a screw, can become stripped over time as the hole becomes enlarged from repeated use.

To repair a stripped wooden cabinet knob:

  1. Put a drop of wood glue in the screw hole.
  2. Break a toothpick in half and insert the pieces in the hole.
  3. Break off any excess so the toothpick doesn’t protrude past the knob.
  4. Thread the knob back on the screw.


  1. Mr. Lipford, thank you so much for your video on how to fix a a stripped wooden cabinet knob. I can’t believe I did it. It works. My granddaughter has a platform bed with draws underneath and one of the wooden knobs became stripped. I tried using plumbers tape around the screw, didn’t work. So I typed in on how to fix a stripped wooden knob and I clicked on your video. First off, the video was short and second, you explained everything. I said to myself I know I’m going to screw it up. But, it worked. I also want to add a thank you to Joe Truini who was in the video on how to fix a stripped wooden cabinet knob. He made it seem so easy that a grandmother like me who’s sort of handy around the house look experienced.
    Thanks so much. I’m so happy.
    Thanks again.

  2. Dear Barbara, we’re so happy that you were able to use our tip to fix your stripped wooden drawer knob. It just goes to show that anyone can be an active, accomplished do-it-yourselfer with a little guidance and encouragement. Congratulations and good luck!–Joe T.

  3. Hello, I have a wicker chest of drawers and one of the knobs came off. in the wicker knob is a round piece of wood with a hole which the screw goes into than put on the drawer. Well the piece of wood is cracked and I can’t get the round wood out. I have been looking on line for a replacement knob but I can’t find anything… the screw is embedded in the drawer. This chest is about 28 years old and I would hate to have to put on different knobs for the whole chest. Your help would be greatly appreciated… I have found some knobs on Ebay but they are to small.. Thanks

  4. Worked great! Didn’t have toothpick, but used a wooden match. This drawer has been bothering for years, and now it’s fixed!


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