Hard Wood (0ak) and Finish Nail


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Old 11-11-01, 01:53 PM
Craig Rice
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I am having a heck of a time with hard wood (white and red oak) and getting a finish nail through it. I am predrilling the hole with 1/16 bit, using a 4D 2 inch finish nail, but the darn things bend on me 3 out of five times. The next size up on my bits is 5/64 and that is too large. Am I using junk nails (are there better brands?)? Anyone got any pointers? It would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks.

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Old 11-14-01, 08:04 AM
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Craig,
Pre-drilling further into your backing material will help, especially if it is also oak. Or go ahead and move up to a 6d finish nail, this would probably be better for any trim work anyway. A 3/64in bit will work for the 6d nails.
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Old 11-14-01, 01:03 PM
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Thanks Fred, I'll try going to 6D. I am predrilling the full length of nail currently. Have you ever tried some sort of lubricant ?

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Old 11-14-01, 01:12 PM
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Craig,
I've used wax or soap for wood screws but not for nails. If you predrill nearly the length of the nail you probably don't need a lubricant. But give it a try - it can't hurt. After nailing , of course, use a nail set to punch the nails below the surface and fill with the appropriate filler.
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