Squaring Round Nails

Squaring Round Nails

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Do you ever wish you had some square cut nails for a project but find the price prohibitively expensive? Paul shows how you can take regular round nails and make them square using a couple of hammers.


  1. MartyBacke on 12 March 2015 at 4:18 am

    A good option to have when in a bind, but that would be torture to have to create many like that. And of course they don’t have the wedging action of real cut nails.

    Fortunately cut nails are still being made, and there are a lot of sellers on EBay too.

  2. Anonymous on 14 March 2015 at 5:16 am

    I love any trick of the trade – and the look that gives is an option for any project I think, not just a period reproduction. Thanks.

  3. António on 14 March 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for this usefull tip!

  4. Maurice Villari on 15 March 2015 at 5:14 am

    The magic of common sense. Thank you again.

  5. eJoseph on 16 March 2015 at 12:54 am

    Here is a source for all sizes of ‘cut nails’ in the US : http://www.tremontnail.com/

    • kb9jlo on 18 March 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Yes, you can buy cut nails — the problem is they are prohibitively expensive. And somehow I always manage to get the wrong sizes. Being able to ‘square’ my nails from what I have on hand — to get the square nail look will be a great tool in my toolbox of ideas.

    • Kurt Schultz on 12 August 2019 at 10:29 pm

      Thank you for this link! Tremont Nail company is 20 min from my house, no less. I have been making my own “cut nails’ via Paul with great results for cabinet work.

  6. Jeremias Mendes on 7 August 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Dear Mr. Sellers. Thank you.

  7. ballinger on 22 May 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Did this at the weekend for some beading I made for a newel post at the bottom of our stairs. Was very handy because I could sink the nail heads down easily (they were flat round heads before).

  8. John McDermott on 15 November 2018 at 10:22 pm


    Thank you for this video. I am working on a project that needed old-style square nails. I have commercially available 1 inch old-style nails, as some of the others have commented. Most of my project used the 1 inch length. Nevertheless, I needed 4 nails an inch and a half long. Rather than ordering a pound of these and waiting, I hammered out 4 bespoke nails I needed to complete my project. As someone else posted, we can always benefit from learning a new technique.

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