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Awesome Nails

Turning Nails into Liquid with Electricity

Turning Nails into Liquid with Electricity

Melting steel normally requires a very hot, gas-fired furnace. But NileRed shows us how a relatively inexpensive induction heater can be used to turn a pile of nails into a molten blob, thanks to the heat generated by 3500 watts of electricity being conducted through the metal.

Stop, Hammer Time.

Stop, Hammer Time.

If you’re not careful hammering nails, you can really smash your fingers. But Veysel Çelik has his nailing technique down to a science. We watched in awe as the professional builder banged in nail after nail in exactly the right spot with just a tap and a hit every time.

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Kumiko Nail Lattice

Kumiko Nail Lattice

We’ve seen how a skilled carpenter can create a traditional Japanese Kumiko lattice. Pask Makes wanted to see if the same sort of pattern could be created using another material – steel nails. He started with a wooden template to hold the nails in place, then welded them together and smoothed out the rough bits.

A Very Expensive Nail

A Very Expensive Nail

Despite the name, a 3″ long 10-penny steel nail costs about four cents. We’re certain that this handmade golden nail by W&M Levsha cost quite a bit more to create. With its surface engraved with intricate patterns, this is one nail that you definitely don’t want to strike with a hammer. Wait until you see its secret purpose.

Driving Nails with a Hydraulic Press

Driving Nails with a Hydraulic Press

With up to 150 tons of force, a hydraulic press should have no trouble driving a nail into a piece of wood. But what happens when you up the challenge and add dozens of nails beneath its powerful crushing head? Watch and find out just how many nails a single press can drive at the same time. Nailing Level 1000 here.

Dead as a Doornail Explained

Dead as a Doornail Explained

We’ve all heard the expression “dead as a doornail,” but we certainly didn’t know its origin. History and weapon enthusiast Malcolm P.L. explains the true meaning of the phrase while demonstrating the building technique that inspired it.

How to Orient Nails

How to Orient Nails

Ever wonder how they get all the nails in a box to lay in the same direction? In this all-too-short and all-too-silent video clip, they show how a pile of randomly grabbed nails immediately point in the proper direction when dropped between a pair of electromagnets. Here’s another machine that does it without human intervention.

Woodturning Nails

Woodturning Nails

You’d think that slicing up resin blocks filled with nails on your table saw and then grinding them down on a lathe might be a bad idea for the well-being of your tools (and your body), but that didn’t stop maker R Humphrey from testing out the idea. The resulting bowl he created has some really cool textures and patterns.

Making a Guitar from Nails

Making a Guitar from Nails

We’re gonna just go ahead and say it now… maker Tim Sway really nailed it with this build. While he wasn’t able to craft this electric guitar entirely out of nails, he still managed to keep its wooden core nice and small, and it looks particularly gnarly with all of those bent and rusty nails sticking out of its body.

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