Get creative with plugs
Whether you make your own or buy them, plugs can do more than just hide screws. To add a 3-D detail, use 3⁄8 " end-grain button plugs. These also hide minor tear-out around the hole. For a plug you'll cut flush with the wood surface, choose a wood species that contrasts or blends with the surrounding wood. Store-bought oak tapered plugs provide a slight color contrast with the cherry in this project, while wenge or walnut creates greater contrast. Install contrasting plugs with the plug grain 90 degrees to the grain of the leg for added contrast with the surrounding wood. For a matching plug, orient the plug with the grain for better blending.