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Forum topic by ToddJB posted 12-02-2014 06:46 PM 1020 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2014 06:46 PM

I have a need to sharpen a nail! When googling “nail hardness” my results are filled with cosmetic pintrest articles, which are entertaining but not at all helpful for this application.

So, if you were looking to sharpen a nail that retained a pointy tip what sort of nail (material) would be ideal for such an application?

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built


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#1 posted 12-02-2014 07:30 PM

is this a hardened nail where files skate off? If so I would use a diamond stone or paddle of some kind. I think there are fish hook sharpeners that could work also.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 07:31 PM

If you can find a masonry nail small enough for what you want, that would be ideal. They are hardened steel.

Is this for a marking gauge or some other fancy project?

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 12-02-2014 07:46 PM

What Jay said – the only hardened nails I know of are concrete and masonry nails. It’s why they say not to strike them with a hardened hammer, apparently there’s a risk of small pieces of the hammer or nail fracturing off.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#4 posted 12-02-2014 08:01 PM

Masonry nails it is! Thanks, gents!

Would the nails in a carpet strip designed for concrete be the same? Because I believe I have some of those floating around.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 12-02-2014 08:07 PM


Would the nails in a carpet strip designed for concrete be the same? Because I believe I have some of those floating around.

- ToddJB

Should be. Those are just masonry nails embedded in the tack strip.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#6 posted 12-03-2014 12:11 AM

If you need something a little larger Todd, send me a PM. I have concrete nails used to attach 3/4” plywood to concrete.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#7 posted 12-03-2014 02:43 AM

I call bull. I wanna know why Todd is sharpening a nail. :)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#8 posted 12-03-2014 03:14 AM

Cut type masonry nails are very useful for all sorts of cutting and carving tools, even small chisels.
I have used them for years.
Also, I never throw away small HSS burrs and drills when they break. They can be ground into other usefull shapes as well.

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#9 posted 12-03-2014 03:40 AM

All the nails I’ve ever bought come pre-sharpened :)

Chris

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#10 posted 12-03-2014 02:03 PM

Thanks all.


If you need something a little larger Todd, send me a PM. I have concrete nails used to attach 3/4” plywood to concrete.

- Hammerthumb

Thanks for the offer Paul, but I believe I’m all set.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#11 posted 12-03-2014 02:38 PM

If you could chuck it up in the drill press or handheld drill, it might make sharpening easier, as well.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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