For beginners in D.I.Y projects, hammering a nail into wood can be more difficult than it looks when an experienced hand does it. Here are some top tips to consider when hammering nails into wood. To prevent nails from bending, and to stop the hammer from sliding off the nail when striking, you can roughen the hammer’s striking face with some sand paper. To avoid splitting the wood with chisel-shape nails, you can use a hammer to blunt the nail’s sharp tip – now the nail will crush the wood fibres and push them ahead, instead of splitting the fibres apart.
When you’re looking for a neat finish, it is often necessary to set the nail’s head below the surface of the wood – to do this without denting the surrounding wood with the hammer head, use another nail to hit the nail further into the wood. Hold the nail by the tip, place it’s head on the driven nail and strike the sharp-end of the nail. Effective nailing is a mechanical action that involves linkages hat extend through your wrist, arm and body. For the best results, keep the end of the hammer’s handle pointing towards your hips – aim it anywhere else and you might end up with bent nails.
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