Although there are many different types of nails (common, large flat-head, duplex head, oval head, etc.), the one most commonly used in woodworking is a finishing nail. It has a much smaller head than the common nail, making it easy to recess below the surface of the wood (countersinking the nail). The small hole remaining on the surface is easily concealed with wood filler.

Nail sizes are designated by "penny" (abbreviated as "d"). Penny size directly corresponds to length, although the diameter is larger for longer nails. They range in length from 1 inch to 6 inches. Some of the more commonly-used sizes of nails are listed in the table below.

Penny Size

2d 3d 4d 5d 6d 7d 8d 9d lOd 12d 16d 20d

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

Wood Working for Amateur Craftsman

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