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Out-of-sight nailing

Sometimes a filled nail hole stands out worse than a moose in a phone booth.

Hide that nail by using a sharp, narrow chisel or gouge to lift and turn back a small shallow flap of wood with the grain. Practice the technique on a scrap piece of the same material first. Drive the nail inside the resulting cavity and set it. Then glue and clamp the lifted section back in its original position.
—From the WOOD® magazine shop

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