|Missing Strike Plate|
|Some of the tools needed|
WoodEpox is a two-part epoxy dough that you can use to restore rotten or missing wood. It has the consistency of Play-Doh, but when it cures it is very hard and lightweight. The gloves pictured are worn while kneading the two parts together. The screwdriver is for digging out the old filler, and the putty knife is for smoothing the new filler before it hardens. I forgot to include a 1" chisel for cutting the mortise for the strikeplate and a drill for predrilling holes for the two mounting screws, as well as a 1" spade bit for cutting a hole for the latch.
|Hole Filled with WoodEpox|
I let the WoodEpox cure overnight and then used a 1" chisel to cut a mortise for the new strikeplate. After 24 hours the epoxy is semi-cured to a point where it is hard, but not as hard as it's going to get. This makes it relatively easy to work with a chisel. Be sure the mortise fits the strikeplate precisely. A good tight mortise will add a significant amount of holding power to what the two screws will provide.
Here's the finished product after I drilled pilot holes for the screws and used a 1" spade bit for the latch hole.