Originally Posted by Cam A
Also helps if you twiddle the toothpicks in the epoxy prior to jamming into the hole.
"twiddle" a teknickle turm we furniture repair folks use....for coating a tiny bit of wood with glue.
all those are good methods. you sort of have to look it over and see what works best. is it just the screw holes wore out? wood not split then the toothpick/matchstick may be enough. and always put a little glue on them . if the wood itself is splitting, and if you have crammed enough matchsticks in there,,,eventualy it will, then drill it out and glue in a hunk of dowel this will reinforce the slip a little. and give something for the screw to dig into. oh,,,predrill the hole to avoid splitin it back out.
if the whole thing has gone to hell in a handcart,,,you may have to carefully cut out a section , fit a new piece in and glue and clamp it.
i never have any varnish around when i stick screws in,,,but always have a little wood glue, that helps lube the screws puitting them in,,,and makes them hold a little better too, while still allowing you to remove them some day.