A Guide to Understanding Various Functional Aspects of Finish Nails

If you have started working in a carpentry DIY (Do-It-Yourself) project, you shall be introduced to different kinds of accessories. Moreover, you shall be introduced to different kinds of nails. At local or online hardware shops, you shall get plenty of nails, featuring different sizes and different manufacturing materials. There are galvanized metallic nails, finish nails, copper nails, stainless steel nails and many more.

Finish nails are commonly used for attaching trim and molding to a house. These nails can be sunk into the molding and trim. This is why finish nail is used for such jobs. When you use finish nail, a hole shall remain opened, and this small hole needs to be filled up with putty. In terms of size, finish nail is small in most of the cases, and it comes with smaller head compared to other common nails at the marketplace. Generally, you shall get this nail with size varying from 1 inch to 4 inch. Just like other nails, wait of this type of nail has been represented with ‘pennyweight’ unit. For interior finishing works, use of such nails can be observed to be extensive. To design delicate furniture, finish nail is also used.

Length of Finish Nails

Length is the most important aspect of finish nails. Different length of nail has been used for different purposes. So, to server your purposes you have to choose a perfect nail as per its length.  Length of the nail has to be judged by width of molding or trim. For example, if you have molding or trim width worth half inch, you need to choose nails that are one and half inch long. This will serve your purpose perfectly, providing perfect attachment of molding or trim on your house interior. For finish nails, smaller hammers are required to be used. Using heavy hammer would result into damaging the nail itself, as finish nail is delicate.


Another important aspect of finish nail is that this nail is designed to sink into the wood. You shall find that the head of the nail is a little bigger than the shaft or body of the nail. To understand conveniently, you can compare finish nail with a paper pin. As the head is small, the nail gets sunk into the woodwork or wooden frame.  As a result, small hole is generated, and this hole is to be sealed with putty.

Materials to Make Finish Nail

To manufacture finish nail, stainless steel has been used as base metal in most of the cases. Iron nail can also be used, and after the design the nail is passed through galvanization process to provide rust protection. However, stainless steel nails are more durable and convenient to be used in comparison to the iron nails. Different gauge sizes are also there for stainless steel finish nails. Keeping the size of gauge in mind is important before purchasing finish nail.