facenailing (again)

Old 09-04-01, 12:42 PM
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There seems some working threads today so I'll try and repost my question.

I'm in the middle of squaring up and planing some antique pine boards that I pulled out of a renovation and want to put the boards back down as the finish floor.

I don't have a shaper so I don't have an easy way to cut tongue and groove into the boards. I am considering trying to get some square cut nails and face nail the boards. What I'm not sure about is whether I'm asking for split boards as I'll need to nail both edges to keep them flat. It seems that with the seasonal changes the wider boards will not be able to expand and contract and will split.

The thing is, I know I've seen installations where the boards have been face nailed. What is the trick to keeping the boards from splitting?


Old 09-04-01, 03:38 PM
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Face nailing

If splitting of boards is a concern, drill pilot holes for your nails. You can face nail into every other joist. Nail no closer than 2 inches from the end of boards. You can angle nails for a better hold. You can findd decorative antique, hand-cut nails for face nailing at http://www.hoskinghardwood.com. They are Size 8d, 2 1/2". 48 nails/lb @ $7.50/lb.
Old 09-04-01, 03:39 PM
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Router Jig?

There are router jigs for cutting tongues and grooves and many many years ago Stanley made a block plane the made both the tongue and the groove by running the plane in opposite directions. If you choose the router, I would suggest a router table. To avaoid splitting a board drill pilot holes. Hand work is OK for rustic decorating.

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