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Forum topic by GuyK posted 12-09-2012 07:29 PM 557 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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GuyK

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12-09-2012 07:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hardware cut nails question

I have projects on the list of ” Things to make ” and would like to use cut nails. I have used some in the past to make wooden boxes but have not used them much. Does anyone have tricks or thoughts on using them? Also from where did you purchase them?

TIA

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org


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#1 posted 12-09-2012 07:37 PM

I have a stash of old ones, pulled in my youth. Tremont Nail is a source, and they ship…

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 07:39 PM

Guy, you can purchase cut nails from the Tremont Company in Massachusetts. A google search will return the result. You can order over the internet or call them.

The trick with cut nails is to orient them correctly with respect to the grain. They are wedge shaped and will damage your project if oriented wrong. Oriented correctly, they will hold better than modern nails (at least better than the ones with out a surface applied adhesive.

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 07:40 PM

Your pilot hole is never big enough. Remember that they are wedge-shaped, so you need to pay careful attention to grain orientation.

Lee Valley carries them.

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#4 posted 12-09-2012 07:41 PM

the big box stores carry them in a couple of sizes
just need to check carefully there
things are hard to spot sometimes

i run the width with the grain
across they act like wedges
and can split the wood

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#5 posted 12-09-2012 07:52 PM

Use a tapered drill bit to predrill. Other than that, ditto what the others said.

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#6 posted 12-09-2012 09:38 PM

I got some at my local ACE hardware store. They should be able to order them if they don’t stock them.

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 09:39 PM

Thanks for the info. I have looked at Tremont, they seem to be the way to go for selection.

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org

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