Sharing a few tips


Probably all very old news, but you all seem stand up guys...
Secret nailing through the face of a board? Lift a shave with a 1/4 chisel but don't break it off. Nail through the cut part, punch the head and glue the lifted shaving back down with a high tack adhesive (yellow glue, fish glue). A light sand, and nobody will ever know.
Nailing the end of a board and don't want it to split? Blunt the point of the nail with your hammer.
Make sandpaper go further when not using a block: fold into four, tear along ONE of the folds, fold it back into quarters. When one face wears out, refold to get a new face.
So you marred the face of your expensive timber on that stray screw/ piece of gone off glue on your bench? Put a damp towel over the ding and apply a hot iron. Sand back with 320.
You're screwing into end grain chipboard and you just *know* it's going to split out? Drill the "receiving" piece to accept a wall plug as a snug fit. Screw into the plug. Go slow, let it bite, tighten carefully.
Yeah, we knew all that. But it might save somebody some heartache.
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Yeah, there is a small accessory to add to the 1/4" chisel to help maintain the proper angle while cutting the sliver. On the flip side you have to be absolutely sure to remove all of the glue so that the finish will not show the spot.
Alternatively put a piece of tape down where the nail will go and nail through the tape. Putty over the tape through the hole and sand it all off when the putty dries. The tape keeps the putty only in the hole and out of the surrounding open grain.
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