10:58AM | 03/12/04
Member Since: 03/11/04
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The last This Old House, weekend of 5 Mar in the Alexandria, VA area, showed a very small, hand-held wood planer. The workman used this to peel a small portion of the wood up but still attached to the board. The wooden peeled strip was not the full width of the board, but just enough to peel back and hammer in the finishing nail. He then glued the wood strip back in place without having to fill and stain over the finishing nail. The "wood planer" was hand-held, very small and narrow - not as large as most I have seen in wood working shops. Have any idea what it was, what brand of tools that carry such. Thank you.


05:43PM | 03/13/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
I haven't seen the "This Old House" program and find the technique fascinating, BUT...

It seems to me that to plane up even a small section of the surface in order to then place a finish nail below the shaving and then glue the shaving back down creates many more problems than it saves compared to simply daubing a finish nail hole with wood putty.

Although I really like the concept of not seeing any nail holes at all because they remain hidden below the wood shaving, you create additional problems with keeping the shaved wood glued down, keeping glue from affecting the overall finish and stainablilty of the piece, and create a lot of extra work in the process.

Seems to me simply daubing a few microns of (colored) putty into a recessed finish nail head is a a hard technique to beat.



03:16AM | 03/14/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
I didn't see the show either and I, too, am intrigued by the idea. Sounds more like a type of chisel to me (?)

I've also found 'patching nail holes with putty' to be rather a poor solution at times. It seems that, in the right light, you can always spot them and they can stick out like a sore thumb.

But like homebild, I question the effort and potential problems with the peel-and-glue idea.

Here's what I'm doing these days (after seeing it in a friend's new home). Obviously this won't work in all applications but it looks great on things like wooden countertop edges. I drill a 3/8" hole, screw down the edge, and plug the holes with plugs made by a plug cutter. You can align the grain and sand it down. I think it's a nice look.

-k2 in CO


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