Decorative upholstery nails add a nice touch to furniture, art and decor, but if you don’t know how to insert them they can give you trouble with bending in every which direction but going down. Have no fear this post will show you how to insert those little buggers and get them perfect every time.
Here is my Kitchen Conversion Wood Plaque where I use upholstery nails. To insert an upholstery nail you simply need to create a small hole to get your started and then a hammer will do the rest. Here is what you need.
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TOOLS FOR APPLYING UPHOLSTERY NAILS
SUPPLIES FOR APPLYING UPHOLSTERY NAILS
- Upholstery nails
- Painters or masking tape
STEPS TO APPLYING UPHOLSTERY NAILS
Step 1) First thing to do is place a piece of painters or masking tape around the drill bit about half the length of the upholstery nail. This tape acts as a flag to stop you from drilling any deeper than the length of the nailDrill until you reach the tape then stop pull the drill out and repeat as needed. You don’t want to drill deeper than the length of the nail.
Step 2) Insert the upholstery nail. At this point it should be sticking up out of the hole. Now take your hammer and tap the upholstery nail the rest of the way in.
As long as you drill and hammer straight the nail will go in straight.
If by chance you happen to drill too deep, which I have done many times (hence the importance of applying tape), apply a small amount of wood glue to the hole, insert the nail and clamp it. The glue will permanently hold it in place. Now go out there and insert those upholstery nails with success.