I'm trying to repair a piece of furniture from which several screws have pulled out, stripping the wood. It's a lift top coffee table, such as this. (This is NOT the model in question, this just seems like a good picture to explain the idea.)
The screws in question mount one side of the lift mechanism to the table body. What concerns me is the lift frame mounts underneath the cross-member of the table; so the screws go upward through the metal frame into wood. So... Any fix will have to support half the weight of the table surface. The cross-member the screws go into is about 1" thick, so longer screws won't work; they'd hit the underside of the table surface when it was lowered.
I've looked at How do I rehang a wooden door with worn screw holes? for ideas; and I'm concerned these ideas won't work for me considering the direction of force and required shortness of screws. So, I'm first asking how much weight a toothpick repair solution could support. Am I being pessimistic?
What other ways can I repair this table? I can't simply re-mount the lift assembly shifted 1"; the table would look strange when closed. I've thought about drilling through the cross-member and replacing the screws with bolts; but I would also need to drill/chisel pockets in the underside of the table surface to allow the table to close over the bolt heads. Is there a less invasive solution?