Can you balance 10 nails on one nail head???

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Project by jap posted 11-28-2012 09:16 PM 4011 views 17 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks fellow Lumberjocks Jim and Dick for their inspiration to make a nice version of this trick.(instead of just a nail nailed into a block of wood)
I made mine out of pine. I got good practice with the skew chisel, i kept getting really close to being finished and then getting a “catch” and having to turn it down some more, happened 3 or 4 times. It was good practice and i only had to start sanding with 150 grit. I used 2 1/2” nails because i was out of 3 1/2” nails, but it is easier to balance them with bigger nails.

-- Joel

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 09:18 PM

Now you gave up the secret to the riddle!

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 10:17 PM

Nice job on that one! They are fun to watch people try it without knowing the secret. it works great!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 01:03 AM

It is very annoying trying to figure it out the first time but cheating on it landed me a job one time. 6 of us were brought in for a group interview and asked if we could work together to balance them and told we could use what was there; the interviewer however was called out early just as he finished explaining and left his folder under the block of wood. I tossed the folder on top and all the nails on that. Interviewer asked who did it when he walked back in, everyone pointed at me as I was claiming credit. Only one who got a job for thinking outside the box for an unorthodox solution.

-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 11-29-2012 02:48 AM

Cool story derosa

-- Joel

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#5 posted 11-29-2012 03:43 AM

Now this would be fun at some party with everyone slightly inebriated. ONe could make money on betting with such folks. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 11-29-2012 04:33 AM

oooh! nice presentation to that puzzle. one I can easily pull off before Christmas!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 11-29-2012 06:29 AM

I like it very clever and nice shape of wood with nails

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#8 posted 11-29-2012 03:44 PM


-- Joel

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 04:42 PM

I love this one. It has been my secret since the 4th grade. Thanks for blowing my secret!
It works for 10 and it works for 100 nails.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 04:52 PM

A good one. Thanks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 11-29-2012 04:56 PM

That’s a fun project good show


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#12 posted 11-29-2012 04:59 PM

Think I might try this one.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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