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Posted on Fixes for Cracked End Grain?

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 03:44 AM

Since the discussion of nails and screws has come up:

Nailing into end grain is never advisable. Nails achieve holding power by wedging between wood fibers, and there is not significant wedging action in this direction. If a nail was used in the situation above that would be a connection into end-grain. Attaching screws into end-grain is also not ideal, but it does provide some resistance and is often unavoidable.

Pre-drilling screws is a necessary practice, and can actually improve holding power of screws when the hole is appropriately sized compared to non-drilled holes. Nails should not be predrilled because, again, they rely on wedging action between the wood fibers for their holding power. Prevent spliting due to nailing by increasing the distance to the edge of a board. The previous suggestion of using a clamp before nailing sounds plausible and is worth a try.

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