How can I best hide these screw heads? Wood filler probably will crack...

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  • Very related
    – FreeMan
    Commented Jun 7, 2019 at 17:17
  • Short answer is it's best not to try. Instead you're hiding counterbored screws. So, very related. Note however doing this after the fact can mean your current screws end up being too long and may need to be shortened, or shorter screws (of the same gauge) swapped in.
    – Graphus
    Commented Jun 8, 2019 at 5:43
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    Is this joint glued also? If it's held together only by the screws it's considered good practice to leave the screw heads visible for any subsequent re-tightening that may be needed.
    – Graphus
    Commented Jun 8, 2019 at 5:47
  • @Graphus: Yes... I... did also glue it. Commented Jun 9, 2019 at 22:32

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Consider to remove the screws and perform a counterbore or use a forstner bit to the depth of the screw head. Select the diameter to match your selected wood plug diameter. Return the screw, glue in the plug, sand the plug flush.

counterbore bits

You can purchase a wood plug cutter, sort of a hole saw without a center drill, and cut your plugs from the same wood, for a better appearance match.

wood plug cutters


Places like Lee Valley, et al, sell hardwood "buttons" or "plugs". For shallow holes there are even stick-on veneers, but it looks like you need a proper hardwood plug, either store-bought or home-made.

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