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Hi guys.... I've been gone for a while... virtually sailing the Volvo race and building some furniture.....
An alternate is to cut your own teak plugs using a tapered plug cutter. orient the plug with the grain, and give it a solid smack with a mallet. The taper will fill any gouges made by the awl or screwdriver when removing the old plug. I do not use any sort of "glue" on my plugs and have never had one pop in 20 years. But any finish that you apply will help secure the plug.
Use a chisel or block plane when paring the plug, but be careful to look at the grain first. If it's "pointing" into the hole, pare from the other direction. Otherwise, the plug could break off below the level of the surface being plugged. Ugly and unprofessional. Sand to finish.
Teak is dimensionally very stable because of it's oily nature. Thus, there is not much wood movement due to expansion and contraction (+/- 0.6%). Plugs don't pop due to expansion/contraction, IMHO. It's because they were too small to start with, not tapered, and been worn down due to repeated scrubbings, IMHO.
Just my 2 cents.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"