Three of the four screw holes in my 13's original one piece wood steering wheel rim are stripped.
I was thinking of filling the screw holes with something like "J-B WoodWeld" or "KwikWood Epoxy Putty" then making new holes in the same spot.
Or maybe the wood toothpick and glue trick, like folks do on body wood. Then, a little filler and sanding to blend in.
Do the new screw holes have to be in the same spot? Since the steering wheel is round, why not index it around a bit and drive the screws into fresh wood?
To me using things like; "J-B WoodWeld" or "KwikWood Epoxy Putty" is ok for spot repair on a wood face but I don't know that I would trust on something that is pulled and twisted. I like Mark's suggestion, turn the wheel for new wood, then use one of those products colored to match the wood to fill the old holes. Or, could you use larger screws?
Having used it on my original '14 steering rim, I can tell you that the toothpick method works well. If the threads ever do loosen up again, drill the holes oversize and glue in fluted hardwood dowels. Redrill and you're good for another hundred years. Or your wheel is.
Take a small wood dowel, sharpen the end in a pencil sharpener, drive it the hole along with some wood glue or epoxy, let it dry, smooth it over, put your screws back in.
I would really suggest that you not use any kind of fillers other than actual wood.
When I was a hyper, ornery, mean and playful brat I used to swing back and forth on my bedroom door, feet off the floor. Resulted in the hinges coming right out of the door frame. Dad did the toothpick thing, worked great, 'cause I kept on swinging! The paddling didn't work, that's for sure!! Ha ha. I'm still hyper, ornery, mean and moderately playful BTW. I just don't swing on doors anymore.
If you are going to drill out the holes to fill them, don't use doweling, use wood plugs; the grain orientation will hold the screw MUCH better.
Tim, I used to swing on doors too, then one day I spotted the refrigerator door and started to swing on it--OOOPS! Fortunately for me, it didn't tip over on me, but I did slide most of the food out of it. Never swung on a door since! (And I still remember it; funny the stuff that sticks with you.)
David - Great story! I'm thinking that that particular childhood mishap "stuck with you", partly because of the stuff that "stuck to you"! Ha,ha,.... harold
Thanks guys; great tips.
Yeah. My Dad taught me to fill in the stripped out hole with wooden matchsticks so the same screw can bite in to it.
I've used steel wool packed firm, NOT TIGHT. Worked everytime and done it many times.
The toothpick solution works even better if you put some glue on the toothpick first. I just finished doing that on an old reed organ.
I salvaged the original rear floor boards for my 11 touring by drilling and pressing in hardwood dowels of appropriates size. Used Elmers carpenter glue to secure, then drilled new holes for the screws and presto all is good.