Terms of the Trade: What Is a Nail Set?

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You would think all that’s needed for pounding a nails into wood is, well, a hammer and nails. But a nail set can lend a bit of finesse when working in delicate areas. Nail sets come in handy in two instances. The first is when you need to set the nail below the surface of the wood to putty over it, as with baseboards or molding. The tapered end allows the hammer to exert force in the concentrated area of the nail head, lowering the nail below the wood’s surface. The second instance where nail sets come in handy is…

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