The countersunk screw holes on the sides of the kantele were filled with walnut plugs. These were hammered in with a little wood glue using a wood block to protect the instrument. Would I be able to build the kantele using a construction method that required countersunk screw holes? At first, I didn’t know how feasible it would be to do this. I certainly didn’t want to have holes in the side of the instrument unless they could be filled or plugged. I knew there were specialized tools that could drill holes and make plugs that would match, but I didn’t want to buy another specialized tool. I was relieved to find that I could purchase pre-made plugs that could fit the holes for the size screw head I would use.
The ponsi was carefully placed and glued to the top of the instrument. All surfaces were then carefully sanded to prepare for the finish coats.