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Forum topic by Johann Marais posted 10-20-2011 05:30 AM 1197 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Johann Marais

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10-20-2011 05:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: milling shaping resource trick question pine arts and crafts rustic


the nail does not have a hole in the end through which to get where it is. Both end blocks are solid.

Thanks for your help with the Dado question.. I would’ve messaged each of you individually but I have yet to accrue 5 posts as far as I can remember.

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#1 posted 10-20-2011 05:32 AM

Boil, compress, drive the nail, let dry, touchup. Good “trick”.

There is a video on this at woodworking for mere mortals most of us have seen. Steve Marin’s site. He’s also a member. His videos are interestingly funny.

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#2 posted 10-20-2011 05:45 AM

Roy Underhill did this nail trick on his show. Do a youtube search and it may be on there

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 05:57 AM

wow.. talk about a cheap trick.. thanks Shane and David!

I’m so unimpressed by my teacher right now.. :/

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 06:04 AM

I also recently saw Steve Martins blog on Lumberjocks about doing it.

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 06:33 AM

Wow, I didn’t know Steve Martin was a woodworker. I just thought he was a wild and crazy guy. LOL! :)

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 03:04 PM

Here you go:

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#7 posted 10-20-2011 03:41 PM

Super easy trick and it’s an eye catch. I did it and put in up at the fire department and everyone was wondering how in the world the nail got there.

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#8 posted 10-20-2011 03:59 PM

lol that is pretty funny! thanks for the video

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#9 posted 10-20-2011 04:29 PM

Hey Johann, look at my projects and you’ll see one with marbles inside a piece of wood. It was done the same way. Cut it on the router table, trimmed the insides, boiled it, pressed it in the vice just enough to open it for the marbles. Good question maker.

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#10 posted 10-20-2011 04:29 PM

I can make do the removable thumb trick, and you won’t believe what I can pull from behind your ear…

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