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Using a Nail Set

In some projects where nails are used, you may want to fill the nail holes with wood filler (see lesson on finishing wood).  This is so after the project is painted or stained the nail holes won’t be visible.  In order for the wood filler to cover the nail hole completely, you’ll probably have to use a nail set to push the head of the nail below the surface of the wood.  Place the tip of the nail set on the head of the nail and strike firmly.  It may take two or three hits to set the nail head below the surface of the wood.  (Note:  If you’ve been using roofing nails to practice switch to a regular box or finish nail to practice setting nails.  The large head on a roofing nail makes it hard to set below the surface of the wood.)