Tool Tip #37: How to get Buried Treasue out of your timber and finger (a way)

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-05-2021 12:56 AM 535 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you read my blog about making a Tongue drum you would see I found some buried treasure in the process.
Now it couldn’t possibly stay in the timber and had to go, this is how I removed it.

Tools needed:-
A pair of stud screw removing Pliers
A small plug cutter
Drill power preferably
a small twist drill
The victim/s

The process
Identify the foreign object, preferably before your woodworking tools do, by visual inspection or metal detector or in the worst case movement!

In my case the thicknesser detected two intruders, luckily no immediate damage was done.

The process used:-
carefully drill around the object with a suitably sized plug cutter

drill down far enough to get the nose of the pliers onto to the nail
clean all debris off the shank of the nail

grab the nail tightly with the pliers and gently wiggle and pull up at the same time.
If it turns but doesn’t come out its a screw so you will have to unscrew it at the same time.

soon the trouble maker well be out of its hiding hole.

continue on as get his buddy too!

now upon close inspection there are some discoloured hole giving away another hiding spot
to ensure their clear get a small drill and drill down to see if you strike gold, if only wood or rubbish come out you fine and job complete

now annoying microscopic splinters in your finger

There is one here annoying the hell out of me.

Even the maggy lamp and tweezers could not remove it
So out comes the secret weapon, a used blunt razor just drag it across the area and it will PU the little rotter
just like when your trying shave with a blunt razor and drag it right out!

that’s all my useless knowledge for today!

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-05-2021 01:15 AM

The razor trick is new to me – I’ll have to remember that one!

Definitely not useless knowledge :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 06-05-2021 11:07 AM

Definitely will remember the razor trick.

A couple nails hiding in some oak tore up my 735 blades and for a bonus, I managed to flip the offending board over so I put a nice score mark in the planer bed too. I also found some bullets in the same batch of wood, but they were soft enough to do no damage to the blades. I tried to bore out the nails, but they went in far enough I couldn’t get them out so I carefully ripped the board into a couple of narrow pieces and continued on with my planing.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 06-05-2021 06:57 PM

Nice trick with the razor, a carbon fiber sliver is the worst! I have metal detectors so not a spec of metal gets past me.

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#4 posted 06-06-2021 02:59 PM

I had a similar issue with a desk restore I posted a few months back, finish nails throughout the wood I wanted to salvage and reuse.

The chiseling around the nail so I could get a grip w/pliers worked for where the patched missing chunk would be hidden. but it was more work than I wanted to do for the rest. I ended up just using a punch to push the nails until the tip presented on the other side, then pushed back with a slim nail set. Got enough exposed to grab with pliers and the small hole where I used the nail set was easy to hide.

That razor trick is awesome! Certainly worth a first go before I need to drag out the micro tweezers and loupe.

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#5 posted 06-06-2021 04:24 PM

Another tip for removing spinters & cactus thorns:
Coat the area of your finger with wood glue & let dry. When you peel the glue off the splinter will adhere to the glue and come with. Try to pull off in the direction away from the splinter.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 06-07-2021 05:12 PM

madmark2, amazing [email protected]

-- Devin, SF, CA

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