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post #1 of 7 Old 02-15-2008, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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type of nails I should use

I was wondering what types of nails I should use to build things. For the short time that I have been woodworking I have used common nails. I don't use finish nails very often because they bend into the wood alot. WOuld using common nails affect the price of something if I were to sell it? Please let me know if you can help me out with ways to put in finish nails easier.
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my answer

Nails will for sure have afect on price. A good way to work with finish nails is to drill holes that mmakes eazy nailing.
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I was wondering what types of nails I should use to build things. For the short time that I have been woodworking I have used common nails. I don't use finish nails very often because they bend into the wood alot. WOuld using common nails affect the price of something if I were to sell it? Please let me know if you can help me out with ways to put in finish nails easier.
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Part of the answer would lie in what you are nailing and where. If you are using finish nails, a technique for drilling well fitted pilot holes is to take one of the nails you're using, and clip off the head. Put it into your drill cut end into the chuck. Then use the nail as your drill bit.






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I agree. Price is affected by using nails. Another way to drive a nail is to do like you would a screw. Use a form of wax to coat it and drive it. If you drill an undersized hole and use wax you will be just fine. Make sure (as I'm aware that you are) that you wipe away any wax that would effect your finish. Depending on the size of the project, I use screws. Very effective. Aslo, depending on your project, maybe you don't need nails, you just need a different joint combination. Good luck.
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Nails are for trim work... and floors and hanging pictures . What are you working with? Rick

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I am woking with things like shelves,desks things like that.
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Hmmm. Not sure you would really need to nail. Have you tried to use dado's, and/or other joints? Plus, in my experiance, I haven't really had good luck with nails having very good holding power. Hence, the reason for screws. I counter sink and plug.
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