Old-fashioned cut nails make furniture that’s strong, stylish, and a pleasure to build
Synopsis: Nailed joinery offers style, freedom, speed, and strength. Furniture makers have been using it for centuries, and Andrew Hunter often chooses nailed joinery when designing his furniture. His nail of choice is the cut nail, a vintage design with square tips that cuts through the wood rather than wedging it apart like the wire nails of today. Here he gives tips on different types of nails available, how to drive a cut nail, and how to use cut nails effectively for strong joints.
For me, joinery is right at the heart of furniture making. The type of joinery I choose determines not only the strength and appearance of a piece, but also the satisfaction I find in building it. And I like exploring all sorts of joinery. I often use traditional Chinese joints, which are beautiful and intricate and demand tight tolerances and extreme patience. But I’m also drawn…