Nails have a bad reputation as a joinery method for fine furniture, one that woodworker Mike Dunbar feels is somewhat undeserved. While many folks think using nails is an indication of poor-quality construction, they do have a place in woodworking, such as when fastening back boards to chests and cupboards, keeping drawer bottoms in place and attaching moldings and other thin strips to furniture. Dunbar discusses types of nails and how to use them properly.

From Fine Woodworking #171