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709 days ago

In the pipeline is the 2nd fix for an attic conversion – skirting boards, architraves, and a staircase – all in American white oak. Question is, what type of fasteners to use for Am white oak?
Skirting boards I intend to screw and plug – they’re not an issue, I’m more concerned about architraves and the balluster infills for the staircase – are yellow passivated nails from an air nailer suitable or should I use brass?

Don’t want to take any chances on steel nails reacting with the oak and leaving a black halo – is this even an issue with American white oak as it has a lower tannin content than European oak?

Any advice would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 709 days ago

Once the white oak is kiln dry, you shouldn’t have any problem with blue stain. If you want to be extra sure, use stainless steel or galvanized nails. When I cut white oak on my portable saw mill, even a brief pause in the cut will create a blue streak in the wood where the bandsaw blade was, though it planes out easily.

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