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How to Drill a Pilot Hole with a Nail

By: Joe Truini

Drilling a Pilot Hole with a Nail for Molding

Often when you’re driving finishing nails into moldings, the nail will split the wood unless you drill a pilot hole first.

But tiny drill bits have a habit of breaking after a few uses. So rather than using a drill bit, drill the perfect-sized pilot hole using a finishing nail.

Clip the head off the nail with wire cutters, then chuck the headless nail into a drill. Bore the hole, then drive in a nail.

Watch the video above for more details.


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How to Drill a Pilot Hole with a Nail