Drawbore with cut nails?

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Forum topic by JoshuaS posted 04-03-2017 04:18 PM 522 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2017 04:18 PM

I’m planning a workbench build drawing from Richard Maguire’s English workbench, in which he relies on half-dovetail lap joints for the trestles. He glues and then nails them to ditch the clamps.

He uses forged and wire nails, where I plan on using cut nails. Since I’ll need to pre-drill anyway, I wonder if you get any of the advantage of drawboring like in the case of wooden nails. How much would you offset the holes? Half the nail width? I’m new to woodworking so let me know if I’m splitting hairs here.


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#1 posted 04-03-2017 04:27 PM

The cut nail will not bend … no need to offset … simply clamp you joint really really tight and bore your hole and drive the nail home!

... employed this technique on my saw bench … even reinforced the dovetails with a nail … just as solid as the day she was built … ugly as hell, but just as solid!

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#2 posted 04-04-2017 01:48 PM

Cool beans. Thanks!

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