How to Toenail Wood Using a Framing Nailer

framing nailer -toenailThere are a number of reasons why you would want to toenail wood using a framing nailer. The most important and probably the most common reason is to get boards that aren’t quite straight or are a little warped to line up correctly. In the case of framing walls, you want each stud to be as straight as possible in order to provide maximum holding strength.

If a stud is twisted and simply will not line up flush with the edges of the baseboard, then you’ll have to bend it in order to get it to line up correctly. Unfortunately, a board that is naturally twisted will not want to remain in the position that you forced it to go into. This is where the toenail nailing technique comes into play.

The first step is to get one end of the twisted stud nailed into place. This will leave you with one end to work with, which is the end that will remained twisted out of alignment until you toenail it in.

The important thing to remember here is that you must put safety first. If you haven’t already done so, put your safety goggles on. Protecting your eyes should be your number one priority, along with protecting the rest of your body and others around you. Next, make sure you nailer is functioning properly so that you don’t have any issues when using it. Working with stubborn boards can be dangerous because nails can easily ricochet off and harm you. Make sure you have taken the necessary steps to keep yourself safe.

One helpful hint before you attempt to toenail the twisted wood board is to draw a straight line at a 90 degree angle from the edge of the base board where you want the stud positioned. This will give you a guideline that you can use so you know when the board is lined up correctly.

With your framing nailer in hand, position yourself around the joint that you want to fasten in a way that doesn’t put you in harms way. Grab hold of the twisted stud with one hand and twist it until it is flush with the line you drew.

Position the framing nailer so that the nail will enter the twisted stud board about an inch from the bottom and then angle it at a 45 degree angle towards the base board so that it goes through the stud board into the baseboard. After you have the first nail in, make sure you are still lined up with your line, and then shoot the second nail in on the same side as the first nail and repeat the nailing process.