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Old 02-24-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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anyone know where i can pick up a spring loaded nailset. It kinda looks like a pencil made of steel, with a spring in the center. Instead of hitting it with a hammer you pull the back end and let go. I lost mine and can't seem to find them anymore. with old fashioned nailsets i spend so much time trying not to hit my fingers that i end up goughing the moulding

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It's called a center-hole punch. It's really metal-working tool, and you should be able to find it on the internet. They're intended for putting a divot in a piece of metal before drilling, so that the twist bit doesn't wander before starting the hole. Makes for more accurate drilling in metal.

They're also useful for changing tolerances in metal tool surfaces. For example, you can take the slop out of a miter gauge by using the punch on the side of the miter gauge bar, which will create a high spot where the metal dimples up. Repeat in a couple areas, until it's a perfect slip-fit.

I'm not sure about using it for a nail-set though. Those things pack a pretty serious punch, and may drive a finish nail farther than you want, and leave a pretty big hole (at least the one I have has a point, but it quickly tapers out to probably 3/16" wide shaft).

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Rockler Woodworking stocks and sells them. Here's the link to them:

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=11257
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thanks, that was exactly what i was looking for. although i was hoping to get a single with two different sizes ( one on each end) for around $10 which is what i thought i paid last time. while searching the web i found regular nailsets with big caps on them. they are less than half the price of the spring loaded ones. i might try them first
http://www.hardcapstore.com/Hard-Cap...B000VR8UMM.htm
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It's called a center-hole punch. It's really metal-working tool, and you should be able to find it on the internet. They're intended for putting a divot in a piece of metal before drilling, so that the twist bit doesn't wander before starting the hole. Makes for more accurate drilling in metal.
Nope. It is another product manufactured by Noxon. Here is an Amazon.com link.

http://www.amazon.com/Spring-Snapper.../dp/B000JF4Z7A

And here is the full line.

http://www.hartvilletool.com/product/11978
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If you end up trying the Hard Cap nailsets let me know what you think. I love their punches & chisels, had no idea they had nailsets but makes sense when you think about it.
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Nope. It is another product manufactured by Noxon. Here is an Amazon.com link.
Well color me stupid! That's a new one to me. Not a bad idea either.

I couldn't picture anyone doing that with a center-hole punch!
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I ended up ordering the Hard Cap nailsets from their website and i have to say I they are pretty nice. The big red cap gives you a HUGE area to hit and makes it easier to focus on what you are doing instead of worrying about busting your fingers up. Because the cap is made out of plastic i thought it wouldn't hold up so i decided to test it out. In my final test i put the end on an anvil and gave it some solid whacks with a lump hammer. To my suprise i ended up breaking the metal tip, not the plastic cap. This made a believer out of me. I called the company to compliment them, and they even offered to replace the one i broke in my "labratory". In talking to the guy there, i found out that they also used to make the spring loaded nailsets and he said they might still have some laying around that he'll sell cheap. If they do I'll post the info when i get it.

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