an example of a flush cut with a reciprocating saw
Photo: J. Michael Myers
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Different Strokes: Flush Cut

Trimming nails flush with the surrounding wood requires a thin, flexible 9- or 12-inch-long metal-cutting blade. Set the first one-third of the blade against the nail, and press it flat against the surrounding wood by pushing down on the forward grip and lifting up with the handle. Begin cutting at full speed, keeping consistent pressure on the forward grip as you saw through the nail.
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