Lie-Nielsen’s shipment of Rivierre die-forged nails have arrived in Maine and the company has started to sell the nails on its website here.
I ordered one box of each size and style to take a look at the blued finish and the hammered-head variants. (Previously all the Rivierre nails I’ve used were black and had the diamond heads.) Yes, I paid full retail. All the nails are very nice. The blue is nice and dark – almost black. The difference is subtle and is something most casual observers would overlook (in other words: either is fine).
If you are looking for a good assortment to begin with, here are some guidelines:
30mm nails: Fastening 3/8”-thick stuff.
35mm to 40mm nails: Fastening 1/2”-thick stuff.
50mm to 55mm nails: Fastening 3/4”-thick stuff.
You’ll probably use 35mm and 40mm nails more than the other sizes. That’s because they are ideal for cabinet backs and bottoms. And once you reduce the thickness of a 3/4” cabinet side to 1/2” for a dado or rabbet, you’ll grab a 35mm or 40mm nail for that joint as well.
In general, the longer the nail, the more fastening power it provides, but the extra length also makes the fastener more likely to split the work or bend to follow the grain. The good news is that these nails are robust and don’t tend to follow the grain much (I have yet to have one wander, which is a significant concern with softer cut nails).
It took a long time for Lie-Nielsen to get these nails, so if you order I would err on the side of ordering a few extra boxes (nails don’t go bad – like chicken).
Here in Indy the big race is over and people have time to get back to their hobbies. Hopefully free time has come your way, too. Or maybe your kids are out of school and you are drowning in chaos? Whatever life is bringing your way, it seems like people are finding time to build and are looking for advice. Remember, if you have a question about our products, procedures in our books or anything related to Lost Art Press, the fastest way to get an answer is our forum. Check it out here.
Sliding Dovetails Ralph wants input on whether he can use sliding dovetails instead of dados on his bookcase. Would it work? Can it be done with nails as well? Or is that overkill?
When to Rive a Log
James had a question about splitting live oak, which has turned into quite a discussion. Take a look at the comments about splitting, the treatment of the wood, and the regions where live oak can be found.
Staked Coffee Table
The staked coffee table we have been keeping an eye on is done and in place (picture at top). It looks great and is an adaptation of a design from “The Anarchist’s Design Book.” See the detailed pictures here.
Tongue and Groove Planes Mark is ready to get a tongue in groove plane and is looking for suggestions. Lie-Nielsen planes or the Lee Valley conversion kit for the small plow are at the top of his list. Help a guy out and give him your two cents.
Boot Bench Design Feedback
Here is the picture, now give some feedback. We all know what it is like to think about something so long that we aren’t sure whether the design is quite right. Let’s get Chris started on his project.