Nails have been an important part of woodworking for centuries. Originally hand wrought one by one, they were so valuable that old structures needing to be demolished used to be burned to the ground and the ashes sifted thorough to recover every usable nail.
Today, factories spit out nails at a staggering rate. And, rather than using hand-forged iron, today’s nail manufacturers use enormous coils of steel wire to make millions of these ubiquitous fasteners.
While brads, pins and nails do have a place in today’s workshop (attaching moldings and solid backs to casework), many woodworkers cringe at the idea of using these metallic fasteners in their casework.
This week, I want to know what your thoughts are on nails in case construction. Now, exclude the nails or pins you would use to do things like attach molding to a project – I want to know if you use these fasteners to hold the actual casework together.