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19. Drill the Perfect Pilot Hole

Driving a nail near the end of a piece of wood, even a softwood like pine, can cause splitting. The harder and drier the wood, the more likely it will split. That's where pilot holes come in. By giving the nail an empty place to go, the fastener won't force the wood apart. For a quick and accurate pilot, chuck your drill around a finishing nail. But first, snip off the head of the nail.
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