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I use cut nails in my furniture projects. They hold better and look better than common wire nails. They do have a couple downsides, however. They are more expensive than wire nails and more difficult to find. You cannot walk down to the local hardware store and buy a bag.

Well, let me qualify that last sentence a bit. You actually can purchase cut nails at the hardware store, but they are super-hard nails designed for masonry, not furniture. In a pinch, I’ve used these masonry nails for carcase construction, but I am not a fan. Many of them have too smooth a finish, which reduces their holding power. And some masonry nails have too much taper, which means they will split the wood, even if you drill a pilot hole for the nail.

So if you want cut nails, your best bet is to get some that are made by Tremont, which are sold directly from the manufacturer and other resellers, such as Tools


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