Use finishing nails to fasten lumber in places where a visible nail head would detract from the finished job. Wood floors, cabinets, and trim around windows and doors are prime areas for the use of finishing nails. Be sure the finishing nails are at least three times as long as the thickness of the wood being fastened in place. Countersinking finishing nails and applying wood filler will completely hide the nails once the paint or stain is applied to the wood.
Things You'll Need
- Nail set
- Wood filler
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Drive the finishing nail into the wood until the top of the head is flush with the surface of the wood.
Set the pointed end of the nail set against the head of the finishing nail.
Tap the other end of the nail set with a hammer until the nail head is below the surface of the wood.
Fill the hole over the nail head with wood filler.
Lightly sand the spot with fine sandpaper before staining or painting.