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#1 posted 01-26-2018 04:30 PM

Not only can the brad nail deviate its course and pop out of the board, it can pop right into your finger too!
This is why I keep my fingers well away from what I am shooting a brad nail into.
I agree with the previous comment about using a brad that is longer than needed.
Almost all of my blowouts have happened when I had a longer brad than I really needed but I was either too lazy to stop and change them out or I was using what I had “on-hand”.

I have used a nail set a few times to push the brad back into the wood and then repair the area with sawdust and glue. I have even used a pencil to draw the grain back onto my patch and it is surprising how well it blended in.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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