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Can’t remember how long the nails were but probably 4”. Just knocked them in and cut off the heads.

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not as purty but seem like they will do the trick. 4" finish nail is probably a 6 penny nail
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I use 2 1/2" finish nails and don't bother with filing down the head of the nail.  No real need to do that with a finish nail.  I also made a template to start the nails so I can consistently get about the same angle on the nails.  The template has angled holes all the way through the board.  Then I just line the template up over the board I'm going to be using for the hanger and lightly tap in two nails a slight way.  Then I pull the nails, remove the template and hammer nails into the board at the angle set by the template.  Hammer the nails in till the tip just comes out the other side and then you have uniform length of the nails.  Then attach picture hanger to back and you're good to go.
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I use 2 1/2" finish nails and don't bother with filing down the head of the nail.  No real need to do that with a finish nail.  I also made a template to start the nails so I can consistently get about the same angle on the nails.  The template has angled holes all the way through the board.  Then I just line the template up over the board I'm going to be using for the hanger and lightly tap in two nails a slight way.  Then I pull the nails, remove the template and hammer nails into the board at the angle set by the template.  Hammer the nails in till the tip just comes out the other side and then you have uniform length of the nails.  Then attach picture hanger to back and you're good to go.

I'll take 1/2 dozen.... [tongue]

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I'll take 1/2 dozen.... [tongue]


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I would be happy to oblige and send them to you gratis if they weren't something of a pain to make.  They're not really a big deal, but you do end up with bent nails sometimes and have to start over.  Also, I am using very small nails to attach the picture hanger on the back and it usually takes a couple tries to get them in straight.  I should get some of those small screws that Tony is using.  The small nails can pull out and fail sending your grail to the ground.  Ask me how I know. 

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I would be happy to oblige and send them to you gratis if they weren't something of a pain to make.  They're not really a big deal, but you do end up with bent nails sometimes and have to start over.  Also, I am using very small nails to attach the picture hanger on the back and it usually takes a couple tries to get them in straight.  I should get some of those small screws that Tony is using.  The small nails can pull out and fail sending your grail to the ground.  Ask me how I know. 


instead of driving the nails in and removing them try drilling with slightly smaller in diameter drill bit. for the screws I would use framing screws used for building with steel studs they are sharp as heck and you can also get them with drill  tips which make them even easier to screw into hardwood without splitting it. .  

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The nail jig is a good idea, I use a card template with the holes marked/punched through to get the correct placement for the nails and just eyeball a slight angle so boards don’t slide off, but the angle doesn’t have to be too extreme. Hanging the holder on the wall only requires one picture nail and the crocodile fixture on the back allows for any adjustment so the board is balanced and straight.

IMO hardwood is overkill, you can use a soft wood is easier to use and your not going to be looking at the hanger when done. They don’t need to be pretty they just need to work.

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