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I am building a Pergola and I am attaching 6x6 knee braces to the posts and beams. What do most people fill the countersunk hole with?

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1) I was thinking plugging it with a dowel would be the best method. Only downfall is dowel wouldn't be pressure treated. Also, if I go this route should I use construction adhesive (b/c it will adhere to the PT post) or wood glue?

2) Fill it with brown caulk. I don't think this would look as nice, especially after the caulk shrinks. Plus, when I stain the pergola I'm not sure how the brown caulk would look with the stain color.

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I just leave them like they are.
Anything you fill the hole with is going to not stain the same color and as the wood shrinks as it drys will fail.
 
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