What is the best way to deal with this? Should I try to pull the brad out from the front/back, snip of off and file it or some other method?
Maybe this would be a good chapter in a future video – brad nailers or something.”
WWGOA Editor Response:
This has only happened to me about 8 million times.
The brads are so small they won’t tolerate being driven backwards. Your best bet is to cut them off. Here are a couple approaches. Use a pair of side cutters and nip the brad as close as possible to the surface of the wood. The problem is that most side cutters only let you get so close. A handy tool to have for occasions like this is the FastCap End Nip Trimmers www.fastcap.com. They’re ground so that the cutter is right at the face of the nippers, allowing you to cut flush to a surface. In any case, after the brad is clipped off, use a nail set to tap the remainder below the surface of the wood.
An alternative is to use a rotary tool with a very thin cut off wheel. Orient the cut off wheel in the same direction as the grain and plunge it into the case side above the point where the nail protrudes. This allows you to cut the brad off below the surface. This is my preferred method.
Follow up either operation with a little wood putty, and no one will know you had an “blow out.”
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