|Review by Alster||posted 07-06-2011 11:14 PM||2504 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
I recently bought a box of these nails to assemble a five-board bench. I drilled small pilot holes just to keep the nails headed in the right direction. Tremont recommends a pilot hole about the diameter of the nail halfway to the tip, but mine was much smaller and did the job just fine.
The nails are a joy to drive, but they are soft—softer than round shank nails you might find at the hardware store. This makes it easy to clinch them, if you want, but also makes it easy to bend them over if you don’t hit the head just right.
Here’s the great thing about these nails: they hold like nobody’s business. How do I know? I hit one wrong and bent it over a bit, so I had to pull it to drive a new one. And I’ve never had a nail (especially one this small) fight so hard to stay in one place.
Word of warning: these nails hold like crazy. But they’re tapered, and when they let go, they let go all at once. How do I know? I was putting serious pressure on my claw hammer to get my nail out, when WHAM the nail lets go and I conk myself in the cheekbone with the heel of my hammer. Split my skin, lots of blood, and a black eye.
Love the nails and the period look of a rectangular head. They’re cheap enough—I got 200 for about ten bucks, and it’ll take me a lot of furniture building to use them up. And the black eye and gash on my cheekbone gives me a decent reason to fib a little to people who ask what happened, “You should see the other guy.”