I'm doing some repro chests, with forged ironwork held on with nails
from the outside, clenched over on the inside. Until I find some nice
ductile iron rod, I'm tired of riveting steel!
Any advice on clenching ? Should I just bend them over, or should I
try to turn the tip downwards first, then bend ove the main length
(hiding the point)
Which way should I bend the nails to clench them ? Along the grain or
across it ?
... wich might be easily achived by holding a triangular or even flat
iron bar close to the nail, bend over that, then with one stroke of
the hamme bend the tip of the nail over the edge of the bar, remove
bar, hammer nail flat into woood...
Juergen is right. Experiment with the rod size to turn the point in a bit.
Old gates and board/batten doors were made this way. The trick is not to
drive the head back out.
BTW, it's "clinch", as in "clinch the deal".
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I have made many shed and garden doors this way, back in the fiftys. We
turned the end of the nail over the tip of our nailset parrallel to the
grain, then set under the surface. Hope this makes sense.
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