Every now and then, hammering a nail or driving a screw turns downright ugly. Nails bend and screws strip or break.
How do professional woodworkers manage to work easily with nails and screws day after day?
The answers are already in your home. They are common items you might toss out without a second thought, yet they are in every craftsman’s tool box.
Candle stubs and small ends of bar soap are your two best friends when working with screws or nails, especially when inserting either into hard woods or old wooden beams.
Simply run the threads of any screw through the soap and it will penetrate any wood with ease. Sometimes it is necessary to drill a small pilot hole first.
As for nails, the same principal applies: just use a little wax (paraffin or candle) to help the nail penetrate the wood (again a small pilot hole might be necessary in the very hardest of woods).
Reversing the roles of the lubricants doesn’t work. Wax for nails, soap for screws.