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Hi Jeremy,

Just thought I would send you some photos of the finished curved floor/wall that you supplied the timber for.

 

Looks great and everyone commentson it.

Thanks for your help with the timber selection.

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How To Choose The Right Nails For Your Project

31 Jul. 2013

Buying nails for a woodwork project may seem like the simplest thing in the world. It's only when you actually walk into a hardware store and come face to face with the overwhelming array of boxes, that you realise it may not be quite so simple after all. Many of our customers know exactly what type of wood they need for their project, but are confused when it comes to knowing which nails to choose to complete the job. That beautiful timber decking, or hardwood fencing will be useless if it isn't secured properly!
We want you to be able to make an informed choice when deciding on which type of nail is right for your particular project. For that reason, we've put together a handy guide, so you can be sure from the start that you have all the equipment you need to do a great job.

A good rule of thumb when deciding on which nails to purchase, is to think about each part of the nail and what you need it to do. Nails basically have a head, a shaft and a point.

Nail Head

It goes without saying that this is the bit that comes into contact with the hammer. Some nail heads are wide to make them easier to hammer into the wood. Others are tiny, and are designed to be invisible once they have been hammered in. These sort of nails are ideal for jobs like flooring, where you don't want any part of the nail to stick out.

Nail Shaft

The nail must be long enough to go through the building material and fasten it together, but not so long that it comes out the other side. Heavier projects will need nails with thick, strong shafts, and delicate projects will use finer nails. Most nail shafts are rounded, but some (for example cut clasp nails) are flat, to stop the wood from splitting when the nail is hammered in.

Nail Point

The tip of the nail is also important. Sharp tips are better for hard woods that can be difficult to pierce, and dull tips are a better choice for soft wood. Some nails have rounded tips. Once again, the purpose of these is to stop the wood from splitting, and are best used with plywood and other similar materials.

There's a huge variety of speciality nails for every type of project, from regular flat head nails to hard wearing galvanised roofing nails. The right nails are vital for the success of your project, so it pays to ask our experts for advice when you purchase your timber. All our staff are trained experts, and are happy to help you make the right choice when it comes to buying additional supplies to complete your job.

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