Hey, woodworkers! Want to create a fun and easy craft that will astound your friends and confuse your enemies? If so, make an “impossible nail-through-wood” trick! You’ll be the only one who knows it’s not impossible—because you made it yourself (with the help of my video).
Here’s what you do. Start with a block of pine wood and saw out three rectangular notches as shown.
Here’s what you’ll have after sawing:
Place your wooden creation in a pan of boiling water. There should be enough water to cover the bottom leg of the wood. Let it boil for about 10 minutes and then remove it from the liquid.
Take your “cooked” wood and s-q-e-e-z-e the boiled part in your handy vise. Wow! You’re already halfway done with your impossible-nail-through-wood project!
After 2 days, remove the wood from the vise. The bottom leg of the wooden ornament will retain its squished form. Drill holes through the middle two legs and stick a nail in there.
Now what? I thought you’d never ask. After the nail’s in there, stick your creation back in another boiling pan of water for 10 more minutes.
Guess what! After boiling the wood again, it will eventually return to its original shape! No need to vise it again. The original shape is what you want. And the nail will look really mysterious in there!
The “impossible nail-through-wood trick” is a repost of a video I made years ago. I have recently received a lot of comments about the background music. This was a satirical protest folk song sung by Pete Seeger in 1964. It’s a warning against brainwashing our children, and the message still has application today.
For example, don’t tell your kids there’s only one way to get a nail inside a piece of wood. Things aren’t always what they seem!
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