De-nailer Deflector

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Introduction: De-nailer Deflector

About: Engineer + Power Tools + Left Unsupervised too Often = Makerneer!

I got a new tool!

It's a reverse nail gun, AKA "The Denailer." Pinhead better skip my house this Halloween!

(Thanks @JackmanWorks for convincing me I needed it!)

I sort of-ish read the instructions (come on it's one page and it's a picture for makers sake!), oiled the tool, hooked it up to my compressor and KaThunk! We're in business, lets de-nail something stat!!!

Little voice in my head - Should we be wearing gloves for this adventure?!

Other voice in my head - No time, new shiny tool, must play with NOWWWWW!

My voice in my head - Should I be worried about all these voices?!?!?!

I thought I was being smart and put the board with the nail in it over a bucket, there's no way this thing is punching a twisted pallet nail completely out of an oak pallet board right?

Wrong.

It KuThunked the nail out of the board hard enough to ricochet off the bottom of the bucket past the board and into my ring finger. Not really super bad, but hard enough to make sure I noticed and break the skin enough for a bandaid. (Yes, yes, I know, this is why I can't have nice things, etc etc...)

Hmmm. maybe gloves would have been a good idea... do better at listening to the little voice next time, but right now we need to fix this cuz I wanna do some more denailing!

Enter - The build a tool so you can actually use your new tool without hurting yourself tool. AKA: We're gonna make a deflector that clamps onto the top of a 5 gallon bucket for the denailer!

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools and Materials

-Bucket of the 5 gallon variety.

  • I got lucky and didn't have to run to the Depot's of Home, I found a bucket in the shed that didn't have stuff in it and was cleanish.
    • (I am kinda partial to the Ol' orange Homer bucket though)
      • ((Dude, wayyyy off tanget, get back to the tools and materials))
        • (((I'll show you a tangent little voice...)))
    • *Eherm, sorry about that... Back to the regularly scheduled programing now.

-1/4" (6mm) plywood

-4x 1" ish or longer #8 screws

-8x #8 washers

-4x #8 wingnuts

  • (Nuts would also work, wingnuts just make it easy to remove and empty the bucket)

-Laser cutter

  • Or CNC, Jigsaw, a coping saw, or possibly anything that cuts wood would work, use whatcha got!
    • (Ha, wood would... like wood wood but not. Hey, it made me laugh! Wait, was that me or was it one the voices...)

Step 2: Files

How'd you find the dimensions? AKA, is this going to work?

First I tried to be lazy and started by just googling the dimensions of a 5 gallon bucket. But that took me down a rabbit hole... I had no idea there was a debate about what specs a 5 gallon bucket was made to.

Anyhoo, I'm proud of myself (pat, pat) for not getting caught up in a bucket tanget and I got off my buttox and I measured a few different 5 gallon buckets. With a ruler. (FYI buckets do have a tangent point since they're round right? Right. Good. Motion carries, on with the show. Again) And I added about a 1/4" tangential rabbit hole factor. That will be plenty good enough for what we need today.

Are we done talking? Can we pleeeeaaaseee fire the laser now?!?! No, not yet... we still need to create the digital file. Go fire up Fusion 360 and I'll be there in a minute.

A few specifically sized rectangles, radiuses, holes and slotes later; here's the finished plan! You got three parts:

1. The top, yes you're right we need a fancier name. But you've already probably figured out that this is the part that goes on the top so I guess lets just stick with calling it that for now since we're both invested. It has a rectangle cutout for the nails to go through.

2. The spacers. You'll need 4 of them. I thought about glueing them on or adding an indexing tab, but really, they work fine as-is so I didn't overcomplicate the spacers (yet?!). When using 1/4" plywood, this clears the top lip on most 5 gallon buckets perfectly.

3. The slidey parts. Yep, you guessed it. These are the parts that slide to clamp onto the sides of the bucket under the lip on the rim. You need two of these.

The Fusion 360 model file is also included in case you want to tweak the model to fit your needs better.

Step 3: Assembly

Cut and assemble

Pew, pew pew! Yeah, I know, but come on laser burninating is never going to get old! I was able to use some cut off scraps, so my top is just a teeny bit undersized so that's why it doesn't quite look like the model in some spots. Other than that the files cut fine. I used 1/4" birch plywood, my GF laser cut settings were 140 speed, Full Power. I didn't mask anything, so you will see some smoke residue.

If you're anything like me, you're not reading this part and you're looking at the pictures to see how everything goes together. The spacers align with the holes on each corner, then the slidey bits go on and everything gets secured with the bolt, washer wingnut combo. But you already knew that didn't you ;-)

Once it's assembled, put it on the bucket, slide the slidey bits snug to the bucket and tighten down the wingnuts. Finger tight works fine and I like having the wingnuts on the top so it's easy to loosen them to dump the nails out of the bucket.

That's it. Time to make more KaThunks!

Step 4: KaThunk All the Things!

Done! KaThunk all the things!

It verks! The first time!! I didn't even have to "clearance" any of the holes!!! Am I finally getting better at working with me?!?!

So yeah, there we go. I've run through about 4 pallets worth of wood as of this Instructable and the deflector is doing it's job great! No more rouge ricocheting nails!

One thing to watch out for, I did have a couple "misfires" where the nail wasn't lined up with the opening and it hit the top deflector plate (hey, that's what we should call it instead of "The Top Part!"). The misfire made the pallet board jump a little and put a good dent in the deflector plate, but it's still totally functional. Plus if it ever does break we've got the template to easily cut another one!

Hey, look at me, I'm learning to not say that's all before it really is all at the end of my Instructables! Yeah, so if you read this far please do me a favor before you leave this caffeine and sugar fueled tirade and toss me a vote in the build a tool competition!

OK, that's all, thanks for playing!

_____

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    24 Comments

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    jminer31
    jminer31

    10 months ago

    All great ideas and suggestions! May I point out the elephant in the room? Why not use a plastic lid that fits your bucket? They are almost always sold next to the buckets at any big box store. Pop on the snap fit lid and make several crossing cuts in the center if the lid; think a straw hole in a soda lid but make the "+" more like and "*".The small plastic fingers will allow the nails in but not out.

    Comments and ideas are always welcome!

    Jake

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Hi Jake, using the bucket lid would totally work! Plus it would be faster to make.
    I didn't have any lids handy and I like that this is flat and really easy to take on and off the bucket.
    Also... one of my weird pet peeves is I hate unsnapping those bucket lids for some reason!

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    10 months ago

    You are funny thank you for that and ADD / HD can be a bane and a positive. Your design is great and I have been eyeing the de-nailer too lol. TOOLS gotta love em. One thing I would do is to make a slot a bit more wide to accommodate the width of the two nails so all I have to do is use the de-nailer without having to make sure the board was lined up with the slot. I would also add two guides to place the board between and use the same or similar application you used with the bucket clamping part of the deflector. Brain gets going when I see a great design / idea. Thank you for sharing :)

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Happy to hear you enjoyed my instructable and thanks for the alignment tip!

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    bpark1000
    bpark1000

    Tip 10 months ago

    Simple solution to the ricochet. Fill the bucket quarter-way with wood chips. A barrel full of wood chips can capture all grenade fragments (detonated in the center of a 55 gallon barrel). Discard the chips after use as they will be full of nails.

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Nice tip, I have wood chips/sawdust from projects and I'd bet most people using this tool have an abundance of that too. Had no idea wood chips in a 55 gal barrel could contain grenade blast, that's pretty incredible!

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    RandyPerson
    RandyPerson

    10 months ago

    An idea to help with misalignment - draw a center line that runs at 90 degrees to the direction of the slot. This will be visible both above and below your board. Starting parallel to the long sides of the slot, draw lines at intervals, say one half or one inch. Do them in pairs, and make each set of lines different. Different colors, or solid, dashed, and dotted for instance. Then, when aligning the nail for removal, eyeball that it's between two lines of the same color or design, and you'll be very close to the center of the slot. No more surprises!

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    ichfrissdich
    ichfrissdich

    Reply 10 months ago

    Why not make coloured circles? This would help align it in both directions.

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    RandyPerson
    RandyPerson

    Reply 10 months ago

    All good ideas are subject to improvement! One could also use radial lines, say every 45 degrees, that all converge at the center of the slot. Anything that lets you "see" that sweet spot through your wood.

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Great tip, thank you so much!

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    Laipai24
    Laipai24

    10 months ago

    just put sand in the bottom of the bucket !

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    I bet that would work great, thanks for the tip!

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    FloridaJo
    FloridaJo

    10 months ago

    WOW! I'm estatic! I did not know about this tool. This will make pallet recycling so much faster. Man, I'm about to cry this is so great. Thanks for sharing!

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Glad you got something out of this Instructable, thanks for the comment!

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    bnaivar
    bnaivar

    10 months ago

    Couldn't you just pad the bottom of the bucket so the nails don't bounce back?

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Sounds like that would also work, another user commented he puts old towels in the bottom of the bucket.

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    rfrhoad
    rfrhoad

    10 months ago

    I love this tool - I break down dozens of pallets on a weekly basis. An EASY fix to this issue is to simply bunch up an old towel and put it in the bottom of the bucket. Nails don't bounce off of towels. ;-) Cheers!

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Ah, that makes sense! Thanks for the advice!

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    mikesmithfl
    mikesmithfl

    10 months ago

    Thanks for the intro to the cool tool!

    ( I think you're looking for just about anything to do so you can use your laser cutter! ;-)
    (( you HAVE had tetanus shot recently enough, right? ))

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    Makerneer
    Makerneer

    Reply 10 months ago

    Guilty! I do like using the laser!
    Hahaha, good reminder on the tetanus shot!