How to Nail with Hammer Properly? Basic Knowledge and Tips
Banging a nail into a piece of wood may seem like a pretty simple thing to do. And, generally speaking, it is. However, there are some things to watch out for. nail with the hammer properly needs some guide and experience.
Also, choosing the right nail is the most important consideration for working in any woodworking projects with it. Too big a nail will split a piece of wood. Too small a nail won’t hold two pieces of wood together.
Table of Contents
- 1 Tips and Steps to Neil with Hammer Properly
- 2 Nail Types for Wood: Sizes, Categories, and Kinds
Tips and Steps to Neil with Hammer Properly
Here are some tips and guide you can follow to properly nailing on woods. Using hammer is also very important for nailing. So here is my simplified guide you should follow:
Choose a Perfect Hammer for Nailing
A hammer, like a nail, is something we take for granted. But there are all kinds of hammers. The other day I took a count of the hammers that I have in my shop and was somewhat amazed to find that I actually own fifteen of them. That includes a few duplicates and a few that I never use.
There is a huge sledgehammer, several sizes of nailing hammers, rubber-headed mallets, stone carving, and wood-carving hammers, and a few special purpose types.
The kinds of hammers used for carpentry come in different weights. The usual weight is sixteen ounces. The slightly smaller 10-ounce size also comes in handy.
How to Use the Hammer with Efficiency
Efficient nailing doesn’t require brute strength. As with sawing, it is the tool that should do the work-not a lot of muscle and sweat.
Hold the hammer near the end and swing it! Don’t push it. Let the weight and momentum of the steel head drive the nail into the wood.
Using the Hammer in Right Direction is Important
Very often a nail will bend as you are hammering it in. This is particularly true of finishing nails and other thin nails. If this happens, pull out the nail and throw it away.
Try again with a fresh nail in a different spot. Don’t try to hammer another nail into the old hole. (The hole itself is probably crooked!)
Placing the Nail: Get Better Leverage
Using the oscillating tool and hammer with nails requires your muscle memory for repeating of hit. After getting used to it, the whole process becomes easier for any wood project works.
To start a nail, hold it in place with your fingers. Tap it gently a few times until it will stand by itself. Then remove your fingers and bang away.
If a nail is well started into a piece of wood but then bends and you want to remove it without denting or damaging the wood, you should do something like this.
Put a scrap piece of wood under the hammer. The scrap will give you! better leverage-so the nail will come out with less effort—and will protect your work from dents and scars.
Nail Types for Wood: Sizes, Categories, and Kinds
The common nail is, as its name implies, the sort of nail you see most frequently. It is used in all kinds of general construction and varies in size from 200 (4 inches long) to 2d (about 1 inch long).
There are an actually different size and types of nails you will find over the market. These are
- Common nails
- Finishing nails
- Box nails
- Cut or Clasp Nail
- Double-headed nails
- Oval Wire Nail
- Masonry Nails
- Annular ring shank nails
- Roofing nails
- Copper Disc Rivet or Tingle
- Square Twist Nail
- Cone Head Drive Screw With Washer
- Hardboard Pin
- Galvanised Felt Nails
- Panel Pin
And many more.
You need to check what kind of nail you want to have for the project you are working on. If you require a specific type of nail and you use another type, then most probably you nailing with a hammer will not have the perfect result.
Priced and Categorized
Nails are described in a strange, old-fashioned way. Working on wood with the tap and die set, is one thing, and hammering a nail is completely different thing. As there are a lot of nail, you need the proper size and category.
They were at one time sold by the hundred.
- One hundred 2-inch nails used to cost 6 pennies. So, a 2-inch nail was -and still is called a 6-penny nail!
- One hundred 3-inch nails used to cost 10 pennies. So, a 3-inch nail was and is called a 10-penny nail.
- The abbreviation for a penny is the letter d, from an old Roman coin called a denarius-an antique penny. So, you will see nails described on the label on the box as 2d, or 10d, and so on. Most amateur woodworkers find all this mighty confusing. That’s why when they buy nails, many people open up the box to see exactly what they are getting!
Choosing the Proper Type
Good judgment and a little common sense are necessary for any woodworking task. Try to find the right tool for each job. Use a lightweight hammer for thin, delicate nails, a heavy hammer for very large nails.
A nail that is placed too close to the end of a board, or very close to a side edge, will often cause the wood to split. This is particularly so if the nail is large.
Try to keep the nail as far away from the edge as possible, even if you have to angle it in somewhat.
Another way to avoid splits is to drill a hole where the nail is to go. This is especially useful when you are working with hardwoods such as maple or ook.
There are many specialized kinds of nails: for roofing, for hammering into cement, for holding the cloth in place, for boat building, and so on.
Nails that will be exposed to weather are given a rust proof coating. This process of coating the nail with zinc is called galvanizing.
If you were going to build a birdhouse, or a backyard shed, you would want to use nails that wouldn’t rust. The logical choice would be galvanized nails, which are available in all sizes.