Carpenter’s Tip to Avoid Splitting Wood

By Robert Robillard on Workshop tips

Carpenter's Tip to Avoid Splitting Wood


Carpenter’s Tip – Prevent Split Wood

I’ve seen it a thousand times, a well intentioned person is installing a nail at the end of a board and POW the board splits!!!

If using conventional nails, watch out at the ends of pieces of wood this ios an area that tends to split easy.

Regular nails are pointed and they can easily cause splits but a blunted nail will not.

Blunt Nail Tip

Either dull the nail tip with a quick tap of your hammer or pre-drill a small hole to avoid splitting.

When blunting the nail I typically place the head of the nail on a hard surface like the rail of my ladder, concrete or even the head of an installed nail.   Lightly tap the point of the nail with your hammer adn your done@

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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of and ToolBoxBuzz, and a has a weekly column in the Sunday Boston Globe. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”. Contact Rob at:

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