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Project by johnhutchinson posted 12-31-2013 03:35 PM 3993 views 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since everyone’s been posting pictures of their favorite homemade woodworking tool, I thought I’d join the gang with some pictures of mine.

For the past ten years, my woodworking projects have involved the layering, routing, and finishing of small parts. My unlikely tool-of-choice for all of these tasks has been the low-tech 10d finish nail. Because its diameter is just slightly less than 1/8”, I use them for glue-up alignment through 1/8” registration holes.

For finishing, I use short sections of nails, with wooden beads, to elevate the workpiece.

And when I do some router work, they firmly position the workpiece below an acrylic guard.

I’ve been told that they’re also useful for finish carpentry. Never thought of that. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 12-31-2013 03:48 PM

Interesting ideas, but don’t you think this would have been much better in a blog or forum?

This really isn’t a “finished project made of wood”, is it?

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#2 posted 12-31-2013 04:08 PM

Some of the most interesting and useful tools come from things we don’t have to spend a bunch of money on. Just shows that a little imagination goes a long way.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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johnhutchinson

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 04:35 PM

Bob—I debated as to whether this should be project or a blog, but inserting nails through wooden beads made it a “finished project made of wood” in my book. Not as fancy as a wooden hand plane, but hey. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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KnotCurser

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#4 posted 12-31-2013 05:00 PM

My Bad – I failed to count in the beads! ;-)

I tip my hat to you and your great ideas.

You DO know you can hold pieces of wood together with these things, right?

Cheers

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#5 posted 12-31-2013 05:42 PM

Thanks, Bob. I thought I might be forever-banned from LumberJocks for this stunt.

Now tell me again about that “holding-wood-together” use for nails. That’s a new one to me. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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stefang

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 05:43 PM

It’s creativity that results in great things, whether it’s inventive tools, jigs or otherwise. Too bad it’s the one thing we can’t purchase, no matter how much money we have.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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KnotCurser

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#7 posted 12-31-2013 08:02 PM

John,

Don’t you know? You are already on double-secret probation! ANY screw-ups and you will be OUT Mister!

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#8 posted 12-31-2013 08:59 PM

That’s alright John, if it ever comes up for a vote, I’ll white-ball you and they can just like it or lump it…

Good tip and yes, technically I believe it meets the official criteria for posting as a Project.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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johnhutchinson

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 09:33 PM

Phew. I feel like I just got a stay of execution. Thanks for making the call, Herb. Maybe the governor was out partying. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 12-31-2013 10:35 PM

That’s extremely ingenious. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#11 posted 12-31-2013 11:58 PM

Great idea

-- Norman

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#12 posted 01-01-2014 12:14 AM

Snipping the ends off the nails? hmmmm, I always just tossed out the nails that had the heads on the wrong end until one old carpenter told my they were built to use on the other side of the house!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#13 posted 01-01-2014 12:38 AM

If there’s some kind of prize for Best Comment Ever, I’m nominating Dallas. BRAVO!!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#14 posted 01-01-2014 12:52 AM

John, so many uses for the nails, I too use them to support drying projects. Pic three really solved a mystery for me, thanks for posting. As for using nails to hold wood together, won’t they bend if you hit them with a hammer? Just guessing! Also if your on double secret probation, is a wooden toga party next? Thanks for posting.

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johnhutchinson

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#15 posted 01-01-2014 01:09 AM

Thanks for the comment, Jeff. As for bending nails, I never drive them into the layers of wood. I just SLIDE them into pre-bored alignment holes until the glue has set up. I leave them in place for only a few minutes so they don’t become a permanent part of the assembly.

Just trying to imagine a wooden toga. I’ll work on that. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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