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Forum topic by doninvegas posted 02-27-2012 10:37 PM 2703 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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doninvegas

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02-27-2012 10:37 PM

When I make some of my boxes I use small hasps that come with those little bitty nails or escutcheon pins. I use a pair of needle nose pliers and a small hammer to drive them. I’m not real good at this and was wondering if there is a better way. Is there just a thing as an escutcheon pin driver?
Thanks,

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."


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#1 posted 02-27-2012 11:13 PM

I always toss ‘em , and used tiny brass screws with piloted holes. Much nicer result.

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 01:13 AM

Cut the head off of one and chuck in your drill and pre-drill the nail hole. Works like a charm, unless they are real brass then you need to find a finish nail of the same diameter or slightly smaller, cut the head off and use it like a drill bit.

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 01:35 AM

Well Don I think if you could find screws to use I would do that even if you had to up the size. You can get a 1/64th drill bit at any box store. You can also use a rare earth magnet as well to hold a nail nice and straight.

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 08:44 AM

Is your problem in the hammering home, or just in the starting of the nail? I ask because a neat trick for starting the nail is to hold it by pushing it through a strip of paper rather than using long-nose pliers. Once it is started, you simply rip the paper out.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 12:33 PM

I have used my drill press as a press, (not while it is running-) to push in the pins, instead of pounding them in. I took a brass rod, about 1/4 inch dia., drilled a little dimple in the end of it. Chucked it up. Hold with your needle nose. Start pushing. Just need to have a few extras, the odd one will tip and bend after it is started.

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 02:58 PM

I’ve noted Danpaddles natty idea for future reference, but was the original question about something like this:

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 03:23 PM

I always pre-drill, but not to full depth.
Bill

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 04:45 PM

I’ll bet you are right, Don Johnson.

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 11:17 PM

tootles,
My problem is the hammering. My hand eyes coordination isn’t has good as it used to be. So when I miss or get close to having the nail all the home I mess up the brass hasp. I’m going to try the drill press method the next time.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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Tootles

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#10 posted 02-29-2012 07:53 AM

Thanks for the reply Don. The drill press idea is certainly a good one.

Of course, that same brass rod could be used with a hammer in much the same way as you’d use a nail punch on a standard nail. The idea is simply to get some distance between the hammer and the brass hasp so that missing is less of an issue.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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