Friday, November 11, 2011

Clench Nailing

Got to try my hand at clench nailing on the whaleboat yesterday. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. Everyone said your anvil wrist will ache afterwards because of the pounding. Here is the skinny. We drill the holes through the plank and batten, and place the nail oval perpendicular to the grain. Back it with the iron next to the hole and tap the nail thru from the plank side until it just clears the batten. Move the iron over the nail. Hold it at an angle so the nail starts to turn back into the batten. Tap it home flush with the plank surface.

The picture from the batten side shows the point sides bent back against the batten.

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