Asked on Aug 22, 2017

Question about Shelf pins

by Christine
So I have old cabinets, and I cannot find shelf pins that fit perfectly. I've only been able to find pins that are too large or too small. Is there a way I can rig the wrong size pin to hold up anyway? I know I can't jam the oversized metal ones in, they'll damage the hole. I don't want to drill the holes larger to accommodate. How can I modify the thinner peg to fit securely in the hole and hold up a shelf?

  10 answers
  • Karen Tokarse Karen Tokarse on Aug 22, 2017

    If the pins are wooden, fill the hole with wood glue. Then "shim" wooden matchsticks around the pin until it's tight. After the wood glue dries (a day or so), cut the matchsticks flush with the cabinet. If the pins are metal, fill hole with E6000 glue and cover with tape. After glue has thickened enough to hold pin, insert pin. Then tape bottom until the glue is dried.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Aug 22, 2017

    We had that problem and solved it with a dowel rod we found to fit, then cut it in 1 inch pieces to put in the shelf holder holes. Being wooden you can carve them down if you cannot get an exact match. That is what we had to do. Make sure the fit is tight. It did work

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 22, 2017

    I whittled down the wood ones that were too big so that the end fit tightly. I did not want to go with metal pins as I was worried it may wallow out the holes in my antique bookcases.

  • Margie Spenser Margie Spenser on Aug 23, 2017

    I use metal pins and find that I can put toothpicks in the hole around the pin and just bend them until they break off. No glue needed. When the shelf is in place you can't see the hole so it doesn't matter if the toothpicks aren't cut neatly.

  • Fix It Jen Fix It Jen on Aug 23, 2017

    You could also wrap the small pins with something like teflon tape.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 21, 2024

    You could fit the pins in by using a Rawlplug to help fit.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Feb 22, 2024

    Fill in the holes with putty so the smaller ones will work.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 24, 2024

    Home Depot, Lowes, Hobby Lobby and Michaels sell dowels in all sizes. Fill the hole with glue and insert the proper sized dowel

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 24, 2024

    The dowell wooden rods sectioned off will give you many hole plugs, just cut the length you need.

  • Janice Janice on Feb 24, 2024

    I agree with De and Redcatcec's advice....go with appropriate size wooden dowels readily available and hobby /craft stores or big box home improvement stores.