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Posted on Removing 18 gauge brads from Oak

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#1 posted 06-18-2011 07:14 PM

Been there, done this. Many times.

I use tempered hardboard on all my bench tops so that when it gets used up, damaged I replace it and the bench looks new again. I hold the hardboard in place with brads, usually more then I need to. When I rip the hardboard off I have to remove the brads.

As long as the brads are sticking up a bit I can get them out with a small diagonal cutter (real small cutter), better know as a wire cutter. If the brad has a little head on it you can close the cutter on it so that you pull on the head using the tip of the cutter as the fulcrum (lever) point. If there is no head I carefully squeeze the cutter biting into the brad being real careful not to cut through it but enough to grab it, then again, lever it out.

Looks like yours are sticking out enough to try this.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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