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What Use is a Nail Punch ?

Updated: Mar 5, 2023

A nail punch is a tool used to drive nails into wood or other materials. It is typically used when finishing carpentry work and when working on projects where the head of the nail needs to be flush with the surface of the material or recessed below the surface. A nail punch can also be used to remove nails by driving the punch against the head of the nail, pushing it out of the material. Additionally, it can be used to make small, precise adjustments to the position of a nail before driving it in.

Here are a few specific examples of how a nail punch can be used in different types of projects:

1. Framing: When building walls or other framing structures, a nail punch is used to drive nails into the framing members. 2. Trim work: A nail punch is often used to install skirtings, architrave, and other types of trim. The punch is used to drive nails into the trim and woodwork, ensuring that the heads of the nails are flush with the surface of the material. 3. Deck building: A nail punch is useful for deck building because it allows you to drive nails into the deck boards without damaging the surface. This is particularly important when working with treated lumber or composite decking, which can be damaged by the hammering action of a framing hammer. 4. Removing nails: A nail punch can also be used to remove nails by driving the punch against the head of the nail, pushing it out of the material. This is especially useful when working with hardwoods or other dense materials that are difficult to remove nails from. 5. Cabinet making: A nail punch is commonly used in cabinet making to attach the cabinet parts together. The punch is used to drive nails into the cabinet parts and joints, ensuring a tight and secure fit.


Arkham Tools have a great set of 4 nail punches that are colour coded for ease of use.

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