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Nails are a useful component for temporarily bonding pieces of timber together or as a combination with adhesives, although they are not very good as a securing method on their own.

They are available in a range of different types and sizes so you should ask your supplier which is the best for you before buying. All of the nails that are shown below are the most common types used for woodworking and are usually the best.

Bullet Head:
The bullet head is one of the most versatile and common types used in woodwork. It is a general purpose component that comes in a range of sizes but the head allows for it to be punched below the timbers surface to conceal it. They are commonly used in framing, furniture, wood panelling and planks because of their features.

bullet head nail
Weathertex:
The Weathertex is more suitable for outdoor use because it is galvanised to prevent rusting and staining. Its head is countersunk similar to a screw so it works well when hammered into timber and it is also suitable for timber framing.
weathertex nail
Flathead:
This component is also very common and is most likely to be seen on fences, softwoods and thin timber. Their flat head makes it easier to hammer them straight and they have more surface area so it gives increased accuracy when hammering.
flat head nail
Timbergrip:
Timbergrips are similar to screws as they have a specially designed head which allows them to be hammered below the timbers surface. They also have a thread to increase their holding power. This type of component is better suited for harder timbers and areas where more securing strength is required like woodwork joints.
timbergrip nail
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