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#1 posted 08-18-2017 05:05 PM

Screws hold the wood too tight. They would never allow for enough wood movement. The wood would be splitting after a matter of days.
- Jackcarter0714

i have 7 year old planter boxes on my deck i assembled with stainless screws. not one spilt through 7 years of michigan weather.

im willing to bet that those nails will work their way out.
if your wood splits after a matter of days, youre starting with too high an MC in your wood.

i dont think cut nails are intended for exterior wood work.
as you stated- they are meant for masonry and say that for a reason.
why not assemble the project like millions of people have built outdoor projects for years and years?

- tomsteve

Was the planter sealed? That’s interesting. That problem with splitting is that you start with dry wood, and introduce the constant water later. The reason for using cut nails is to practice technique for period furniture. Practicing on small, unimportant projects is much better than messing up on the real thing.

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