Here's a simple way to Remove Cut Nails using a nail setter/center punch. This means NO expensive power or air tools! All you need is a hammer and the punch.
Remove Cut Nails Using Simple Center Punch/Nail Setter - it's a great, multi-purpose money-saving tool!
Today I'm going to show you a quick and inexpensive way to remove nails from wood that have been cut during the dismantling process. This most commonly happens when you cut pallets with a reciprocating saw or Sawzall saw. You'll need a couple of sizes of nail setters/center punches, but they're very reasonably purchased. The best part is that these tools will do double-duty when you want to recess a nail (such as in pallet blocks), or get a nail head to sit flush without causing hammer dents. You'll find many uses for these handy tools when woodworking!
What's the difference between a Nail Setter and a Center Punch when you want to Remove Cut Nails?
There's not a lot of difference functionally if you're using a flat-tip punch or setter just to remove cut nails. However, it is important to know!
Nail setters tend to have either a flat tip or a concave/cupped tip to prevent splitting the nail head.
Punches can range from a flat tip to pointed tips. They're used to create a starting hole for drill bits, screws, or to create a hole in wood or sheet metal.
Some center punches are automatic - you don't need a hammer to use them.
Safety tips when you Remove Cut Nails:
- NOTE: ALWAYS use safety-rated eye protection when using nail punches/setters. There is the remote possibility of metal fragments chipping from the hammer or the tool.
- Always strike punches with a ball peen or sledgehammer.
- Discard any punch that is bent, cracked or chipped.
- Never use a nail set as a punch.
- Discard any nail set that is bent, cracked, chipped or shows excessive wear.
- Never use a nail hammer to strike a cat’s paw. The face of the hammer is too small and could chip. Use a ball peen or a small sledgehammer instead.
Turn an abandoned cart into a Mobile Salad Garden - great tip for those wheeled, folding shopping carts that don't roll so well anymore. Make a cozy corner Pallet Lounge Set now that you've dismantled all of those pallets.
Editor's note & budget-friendly tip: you can FREQUENTLY purchase these used at swap meets / garage sales for pennies on the dollar. Your administrative assistant bought approximately 20 of them for two dollars - 10 cents apiece at a swap meet. Happy Palleting! - H.S.