Nailing


Summary: Learn how to use a hammer correctly, how to nail and nailing tips.


Nailing

The basic method for hammering in a nail needs no explanation. However, if you are trying to nail a fine panel pin into moulding, or nail into a tight angle, hold the nail with a pair of pliers to hammer it home. Another option is to insert the nail into a piece of card and hold the card while you hammer the nail. This can easily be ripped off when the nail is in place.

To recess a nail into the surface, use a nail punch. Position the punch over the head of the nail and tap the punch with a hammer. To conceal the fixing, apply wood filler before finishing the wood.

An alternative to nailing thin materials for a temporary or lightweight fixing is to use a staple gun.