Removing a nail from wood - you can do that

With old furniture or an old wooden floor, it can happen again and again that you come across rusted, old nails. The best way to pull these nails, which tools will help, and how best to go about it, will be explained in detail in this post.

Problems removing

The main difficulty with removing is that there is a risk of using tools to damage the wood surface. Nails are often flush with the wood surface - if you use the tool, you often make a dent in the wood.

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The right tools and a few tricks to protect the wood can help.

Appropriate tools

The easiest way to remove old nails is usually with a pair of pliers. The nail head can also carefully go under the nail head with a knife or a flat screwdriver head and lift it up slightly beforehand.

A hammer with a nail puller head (split tip) offers a little more leverage and thus enables the pulling out of firmly attached nails. In order not to damage the wooden surface, a small, flat wooden wedge can be placed directly under the nail puller head. This prevents the contact surface of the hammer from leaving pressure marks in the wood.

Other methods

  • Rusted nails can also be made a little easier to move with rust dissolving oil, as the rust usually makes them stick
  • You may also be able to drill out the nail heads and punch through the rest of the nails, but this requires skill and a steady hand
  • Drive in a wedge next to the nail and saw off the nail head with an electric foxtail
Tips & Tricks Another possibility is of course to hammer the nail through the wood with a center punch until it comes out on the other side. As a rule, however, this should be the last option you try - there is usually another way. Holes in the wood can be closed with wood wax or a wooden spatula.