Tag: nails

What Kind of Nail is Right For My Project?

You know, Sean, the Japanese have a saying... 'The nail that sticks out gets hammered.'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) So, you're about to start a project. You have your materials list and you're following it by the letter. But when you get down to the bottom of the checklist, all it says is "nails." Before you start to panic and hit the forums, take a deep breath and check out this quick guide to some common questions about nails. Don't worry, it's never as hard as you think it will be. Before we cover a few of the vast array of nails…

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Should You Screw It or Nail It?

"Screws fall out all the time. The world is an imperfect place." The Breakfast Club (1985) Should you use a nail or should you use a screw? It's a question as old as time itself. Or, at least as old as woodworking. Or, at least as old as nails and screws. In order to answer this elusive question, we need to understand each ones' strengths. Grip Strength Vs. Shear Strength Screws apply what is called grip strength to the two pieces you are screwing together. Grip strength is how well the fastener can draw the wood together. The threaded design of a screw causes compression…

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