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Remove finish nails cleanly with a roll pin

Recently, when repairing a wobbly maple headboard, I found that the previous owner had tried to strengthen the loose joints by driving finish nails through the tenons. I needed a way to remove just enough wood from around the nails to be able to pull them out with needle-nose pliers.

Digging through a drawer in my shop, I found a roll pin, a cylindrical piece of spring steel. After making several "teeth" in one end of the pin with a flat file, I chucked the roll pin into my portable drill, positioned it over the nail, and slowly pulled the trigger. My crude "plug cutter" cleanly removed the wood around the nail, allowing me to pull it out. I filled the hole with a tapered wooden plug.

-- William Belz, Jr., Cheektowaga, N.Y.

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Comments (4)
fhawe wrote:

On a similar note I saw where the steel shaft of an old golf club was cut and treated in a similar way to extract embedded nails or damaged screws from timber

10/25/2012 07:04:45 PM Report Abuse
2slk wrote:

This is the kind of creative thinking that I really appreciate in a tip. Good work! THANKS, Bill

5/10/2012 12:38:59 PM Report Abuse
mac20033 wrote:

novel idea

5/10/2012 11:27:02 AM Report Abuse
ChrisBarker wrote:

Bright idea!Reminds me of a spot weld cutter sold to auto body repairers Though this had a pointed centre piece to stop it wandering,hole sized about 1/4 inch, regards Chris Barker

9/2/2011 11:00:33 PM Report Abuse

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