Preventing Wood Splitting Video

How to Prevent Splitting Wood When Nailing

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video Mark Donovan of shows two techniques on how to prevent splitting wood when nailing it.

If you have done any carpentry work more than likely you have had the occasional problem of splitting wood when nailing it.

To prevent, or at least mitigate the chances of, splitting wood when nailing it I recommend the following tips.

First, nails have sharp points, thus making them easier to penetrate into the wood.

However, it is these sharp points that increase the likelihood of splitting the wood when nailing it. The sharp nail point acts like a wedge as it penetrates into the wood, thus causing the wood to split.

To prevent the nail from splitting the wood, blunt the end of the nail prior to hammering it into the wood.

You can do this by holding the head of the nail up against a firm surface and then tapping the sharp end of the nail with your hammer a few times.

Now, when you hammer the blunt nail into the wood it crushes the wood fibers and pushes them out of the way, thus preventing the wood from splitting.

The second thing you can do to prevent splitting wood when nailing it is to first drill a small pilot hole in the wood for the nail to slide through. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the nail and drill a hole into the wood the entire depth of the material. Then, blunt your nail before hammering it into the pilot hole.

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