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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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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