Dating antique nails

I would like to use these nails for a barn board wall project.I would need the 1.5", but my main question is does anything adverse happen when you hammer them in? Look at the picture and notice that the nail shaft is wedge shaped. I want it to look authentic especially as I plot a mutiny against Captain William. Yes but realize the nails are narrower at the bottom and get wider at the top.Then take charge of the good ship the "Greasy B*stard" and terrorize the high seas. I plan to maroon him on Skull Island with the same chest and and naught but a bottle of rum. Yes but realize the nails are narrower at the bottom and get wider at the top.Many artist-craftsman who made early frames (just like violin makers) signed and dated their frames. Look at the artwork that is in the frame (such as a vintage print).Hold the magnifying glass over the bottom right and left areas of the print and look carefully for a date.Should i hammer them in with some type of material covering head of nail? I know gun blue can be used to "antique" things if they should look antiqued, especially if i scuffed the nails. If you drive them in with the wide part going cross grain, you run the risk of splitting the wood. I then pressed the wrought nails into the pilot holes, held a .75" thick piece of oak on top of the nails, and then hammered them in from the back of the oak piece. This could cause you to damage your wood when you bend them.I used some recently that went through both pieces but strength was not critical so I just cut them off. They will bend but be advised that they are pretty tough.

Should i use a hammer with no indentations on the hamner face? I saw nothing adverse as a result of striking the head of the nail with a hammer. You want to drive them in with the wide part running with the grain of your wood. If you drive them in with the wide part going cross grain, you run the risk of splitting the wood. I first tapped a pilot hole with a thinner finish nail. It will take more force to bend them than a normal nail.I used some recently that went through both pieces but strength was not critical so I just cut them off.They are pretty tough to cut as well.i am wanting to use these nails to top nail a 12 inch wide 3/4 inch oak plywood floor going to strip up the plywood to 12 inch wide strips ,looks like I need to pre drill also ,anyone ever done this before ?Save yourself a lot of time, trouble and expense, and just go to Rockler to start with.Used these nails as referenced by the Family Handyman magazine barn door project.

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