Making perfect plugs for defects in wood
The fashionable thing to do with defects in wood these days is to fill defects with epoxy to close them and highlight the natural beauty of defective wood. But I'm old fashioned, I'd rather just have the defect gone!
When drilling out defects, it helps to clamp a piece of wood with a hole in it over where to drill to guide it even if the center prong doesn't have anything to bite into (see scrap piece with a hole in this picture). This is also a good idea if there is a risk of slipping with the drill and marring the rest of the wood.
After drilling out the defect with a forstner bit, I use the forstner bit to drill just far enough into another piece of wood so the edge of the bit leaves a mark.
Bext I tilt my sander table against the belt by a few degrees and sand up to the edge of the circle left by the drill.
After checking the fit, I put glue around the plug and the hole, hammer it in, then cut it flush and plane it flush.
This technique is cheaper and much faster than using epoxy, because there's no need to wait for it to cure.