How to Successfully Remove a Nail Without Damaging Wood





Introduction: How to Successfully Remove a Nail Without Damaging Wood

How to successfully remove a nail from a delicate piece of wood without damaging the wood itself.

Step 1: Get Materials

This really is pretty simple. All you need is a hammer to remove the nail obviously, your precious piece of wood, and a small scrap piece of 1/4in. plywood. Sorry about the pictures, my camera is broken so i gotta search for pics:D sorry!

Step 2: Extract the Nail or Whatever Is Stuck

Ok now put the the small piece of quarter inch plywood underneath the hammer and pull out the nail like you normally would

Like in the picture down below just put the quarter inch plywood under the hammer

Step 3: Finish!

Woo now you have damage-free wood. Great if you have a project that you can't mess up.



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If it's a piece of wood trim, it's probably fastened with a finish nail- which has a very small head. FInish carpenters know this trick: After you pry a piece of trim or molding away from whatever it's nailed to, you use a pair of large end cutters to pull the nail through the BACK of the wood. This prevents any splitting, damage to the surface, or damage to the pain or finish.

But instead of using a tool with a very slight bend and the potential to accidently cut "through" the brad, use the Nail Hunter, which has been designed completely for this purpose, No one has seen them because they just came to market. Imagine that! A brand new hand tool!


Seen it- interesting tool, though not that different from using end nippers. And in 30 years I've yet to cut a nail.

I understand that it can be like looking at two parked cars side by side, the truth is in the driving...or in this case, the extracting. The fulcrum makes it effective and really efficient, so that anyone can do it. Also, this is just one of the hundreds of applications for the tool. I understand the pros out there are slow to see any reason for a new tool. I haven't cut a nail in 30 years either, but in a "time is money" scenario, this is a no brainer. We're not talking about a single brad being pulled through the back, the Nail Hunter is for all the baseboard.

...or you could just yank the hammer and use its own weight to pull out the nail instead of prying. and what about nails that are hammed flush to the wood? most are. a nail puller ("cat's paw"?) is your only choice there.

The reason I keep talking about the Nail Hunter is that it is a brand new hand tool never before available and it has a built in fulcrum but is basically a cat's paw formed into pliers.

you could hammer another nail directaly on the opposite side of the original nail and force it out... just kidding, you make an excelent point

no, drill a hole on the opposite side and use a nail punch, thats a good idea actually

um, does anyone know how to take out finishing nails that have been nailed a little too far in. I am attempting to refinish an old dresser and somebody decided to nail a veneer piece of wood that was coming off instead of gluing it and now I don't know how to get the darn nails out that shouldn't be there in the first place.

There's a new tool on Amazon only called the Nail Hunter which digs, and grabs any kind of nail, staple or even brads, The Nail Hunter is probably the only tool that can do these things. Or watch the video at