Introduction: Stop Cracken

Anyone that was worked with wood probably has experience cracking the wood at one time when a nail is hammered in. This can really ruin your project and your day. I will show you a little trick with the nail that can stop the wood from cracking.

Step 1: Blunt the Nail Tip

Tap the pointed end of the nail with your hammer to flatten the tip a bit. Now you no longer have a sharp tip that will act as a chisel and causes the wood to split. The blunt tip cuts the fibers of the wood and prevents the splitting crack to start. Try it and stop the Crack!

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Cooldeal (author)2011-07-06

I tried this and the best I got was when I really blunted the tip about half the diameter of the nail. Works great when I blunt it quite a bit. I'm thinking that it bores the hole better than wedging the hole open. Bored cracken eliminator. All too easy and working fix!!

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Azayles (author)2011-01-13

I tried this Instructable and I'm still being attacked by giant quid! Please help, I don't have much time!

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destroyer2012 (author)Azayles2011-01-13

A giant quid? Like a huge unit of british currency? Sounds terrifying! :D

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Azayles (author)destroyer20122011-01-13

Oh bawls! And to think, there the S key is, right next to the Q.

Touché sir :P

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ningo (author)2008-02-14

Seeing the title, I was expecting: step 1: slay Gorgon (Medusa works well here). step 2:show Gorgon's head to Cracken. step 3:watch Cracken turn to stone. Oh well.

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botronics (author)ningo2009-09-12

I should have named the instructable "Stop cracken the wood", but I wanted to keep it short. I don't know anything about the game are talking about.

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The Dark Ninja (author)ningo2008-04-15

I was thinking along the lines of preventing plumbers crack... which we all know,... crack kills..

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Tonamel (author)ningo2008-02-14

Strangely, you aren't alone in that thought.

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Whoa, three literate instructablers.

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Hey now, I resemble that!

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Lftndbt (author)Tonamel2008-02-14

Finally!! The Cracken is no more!! We can live in peace once again! Thankyou. :) LoL

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zako (author)2008-04-03

they sell blunt nails in England, they sell both, but good idea, going make sure i remember it for my next project!

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sensoryhouse (author)2008-02-16

i like to pre-drill

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ermockler (author)2008-02-14

Actually, what I do is place the head on the surface of the wood I intend to nail when doing this. It creates a dent to accept the head when you bang it in, and further helps to avoid splitting.

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joren (author)ermockler2008-02-14

YES! This helps a lot. I also will do this for screws using the phillips (or whatever) bit in the screw gun. Creating a small hole in the surface prevents most splits.

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el eliel (author)joren2008-02-14

pilot holes will prevent nearly every split involving screws...:)

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joren (author)el eliel2008-02-14

Agreed--the same goes for nails! However pilot holes require a drill bit, and time wasted changing back and forth between the drill bit and the driver bit or a second gun. I was offering an anit-split screw method similar to this instructable--without requiring more tools.

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el eliel (author)joren2008-02-15

well, you got a point, but to split you-know-what hairs, if you're going to take the time and care to get out the driver, find the right screw, mark the wood, might as well drill a pilot hole. But if you have to use the WRONG screw, or your drill's chuck is stuck (hehe), or you're going to bleed to death in 7 seconds w/out that screw getting in there, dull that baby a little. by the way, you ever actually pilot drill a nail hole? Did I read that correctly?

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gurban (author)el eliel2008-02-16

I've piloted holes for nails while doing some timber framing. Sometimes when using aged, hardened lumber, it can be stronger than the nails (esp galvanized nails) and the nails just bend.

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ermockler (author)el eliel2008-02-16

If your'e too close to a wall to nail hardwood flooring with the nailer, you have to hand nail it at the same position as the nailer ( this hides the nail). I wouldn't even try without pre-drilling. I would only use a screw on a bent piece that I am trying to straighten.

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j626no (author)ermockler2008-02-14

thats a great idea. its like counterboring it. might have to try that.

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Brennn10 (author)2008-02-14

Thanks for the tip!

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-14

Smart idea actually. My dad cracks it sometimes, but this could help. Nice job.

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