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07-30-2012 03:50 PM

In the pipeline is the 2nd fix for an attic conversion – skirting boards, architraves, and a staircase – all in American white oak. Question is, what type of fasteners to use for Am white oak?
Skirting boards I intend to screw and plug – they’re not an issue, I’m more concerned about architraves and the balluster infills for the staircase – are yellow passivated nails from an air nailer suitable or should I use brass?

Don’t want to take any chances on steel nails reacting with the oak and leaving a black halo – is this even an issue with American white oak as it has a lower tannin content than European oak?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 05:54 PM

Once the white oak is kiln dry, you shouldn’t have any problem with blue stain. If you want to be extra sure, use stainless steel or galvanized nails. When I cut white oak on my portable saw mill, even a brief pause in the cut will create a blue streak in the wood where the bandsaw blade was, though it planes out easily.

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