finishing nails

a finishing nail in silhouette

Finishing nails are used where the nail head must be hidden. They have small heads and smaller diameters than common nails.

Finishing nails, seen in profile, have a barrel-shaped head with a small diameter and a dimple on the top. After the nail is driven almost flush with the surface, the point of a nail set is placed in the dimple and the head driven below the surface. The resulting small hole can be filled with putty. Outdoors, in time the hole will tend to close by itself when the wood fibers swell.

Size Length,
Gauge Number per pound
2d 1 16½ 1,351
3d 15½ 807
4d 15 584
5d 15 500
6d 2 13 309
7d 13 238
8d 12½ 189
9d 2¾  12½ 172
10d 11½ 121
12d 11½ 113
16d 3½  11 90
20d 4 10 62

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