Wooden Nails Are Now a Thing And We Don’t Know How to Feel About It

Lignoloc, an Austrian company, has just engineered a set of wooden nails made from indigenous beech wood that have a similar strength to aluminum nails. The nails can be driven into solid timber without any pre-drilling to form an unseparable bond. Check out this video below for a visual explanation as to how the nails work:

Key Benefits of Wooden Nails
  • Quick and simple processing with FASCO pneumatic nailers
  • Hardly any water absorption, so no expansion
  • High holding power thanks to lignin welding
  • Resistant to fungal infestation
  • No streaking or bleeding on the wood
  • More environmentally friendly than metal fasteners
  • Installed significantly faster than wood dowels
  • No pre-drilling
  • No wood glue necessary
  • Made of indigenous beech wood
  • Better fire protection in wood structure than steel or metal fasteners
  • No thermal bridges, so better insulation values
  • Tensile strength similar to aluminum nails (~ 250 N/mm²)
  • Less tool wear when cutting nailed wooden components subsequently

Judge strikes down Menards 4×4 lumber deception lawsuit

CHICAGO – A federal judge has struck down Illinois lumber buyers who sued Menards over claims it deceived them about the size of 4×4 lumber boards.
The judge said no reasonable consumers would regard Menards’ lumber descriptions the way plaintiffs Michael Fuchs and Vladislav Krasilnikov did. The plaintiffs are seeking more than $5 million, saying they were “misled” because boards marketed by their nominal size descriptions such as “4 x 4,” were actually 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches in size.
Menards, as well as Home Depot – who is being hit with the same lawsuit, said it should not be held liable for labeling boards by their nominal sizes, a common industry practice.

U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang threw out the case saying that the lumber, when it is produced, is typically trimmed to smooth after the initial rough cut. The government endorsement of the industry practice supports Menards’ argument that it didn’t falsely market its lumber, Chang said.

Chang also said that the labels on the lumber “are literally true”, because they do not show inch-mark symbols after the customary trade names.
“Without a literally untrue statement, combined with the government-recognized distinction between nominal sizes and actual sizes, no reasonable consumer would think that the labels showed the exact dimensions of the lumber,” Chang said.
Chang also said that the plaintiffs could have used tape measures in store to measure the lumber.

The two lawsuits were filed in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois within five days of each other. McGuire Law firm is representing the plaintiffs in both cases.

In a statement to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Eugene Turin of McGuire Law claimed the suit is based on the fact that “reasonable consumers” are unaware of the difference between nominal (pre-surfacing of the four sides) and actual dimensions.
Many of the comments posted on social media disputed that claim, ultimately agreeing with the judge, noting that describing lumber in nominal sizes has been going on for more than 50 years, with a number of resources on how to purchase lumber products being readily available to consumers. For example, the Lumber Buying Guide on Menards’ website, notes:
“Nominal Size – The size of the piece when it is sawn from the log. This is the most common way to refer to the size of lumber. Actual Size – The size of the piece after it has been dried and planed. Example: The nominal size of a piece of wood may be 2″ x 4″ x 8′ while the actual size of the same piece of wood would be 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ x 8′.”

Dad of the Year Builds Two Story Tiny Home Playhouse For His Daughters

Adam Boyd, owner of ATB Construction, Inc., is up for the “Dad of the Year” award. Why? Well, he combined his love for building with his love for his two young daughters – the result is simply magical.

Boyd, 39, told ABC News that the project took “quite a while” to complete, but that he didn’t mind because it allowed him to spend quality time with his two daughters, ages 5 and 2. Boyd’s wife is a teacher, and she spent her summer off “[eating] lunch in it all summer [with their two daughters]”.

Here are some fast stats about the playhouse:

  • 24 feet tall
  • 8′ ceilings
  • Rock wall
  • Slide
  • Swings
  • Loft

Boyd told ABC News that he plans to add a zip line “soon.” Check out a few more of our favorite photos here:

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Source: ABC News

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The design for The Growroom, an urban farm pavilion that looks into how cities can feed themselves through food producing architecture, is now open source and available for anyone to use.

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The original Growroom exhibited at CHART ART FAIR. Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

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Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm— the architects behind The Growroom. Photo by Niklas Vindelev

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The parts you need to build The Growroom. Photo by Niklas Vindelev

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Holiday Gifts for the Wood Loving Fanatics in Your Life

For the Woodworker

1. Punny T-Shirts


The woodworker in your life deserves at least one of these sassy t-shirts to wear in the shop…anything from DAT ASH to SON OF A BIRCH to FIR SURE can be found here…check them out! [via Knot & Grain]

2. Festool Sword Saw

If you’re ever wanted to reenact the sword in the stone with your woodworking tools, this is the way to do it (but really, please don’t – we want you to keep all your fingers). [via Festool]

3. Flugz Ear Plugs

It can get loud in the shop, so treat your woodworker to this stocking stuffer so they can actually hear you say “Happy Holidays.” [$16.95 via Amazon]

4. Clamps

We will say this once: woodworkers can NEVER have enough clamps. Buy a few and clamp them to your woodworker’s stocking so they can spend the rest of the day getting down on their glue-ups. [$32.45 via Amazon]

5. Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat

Don’t let your joints get the best of you while you’re working on your joints. Woodworkers who are on their feet most of the day should have this anti-fatigue mat to make sure all that staining doesn’t lead to straining. [$34.99 via Amazon]

For the Aspiring Woodworker

1. Good Clean Fun

Nick Offerman is the Most Interesting Man in the Woodworking World. This book is an absolute must-read for those of you who have followed Offerman’s career or, you know, just like manly stuff. [$24.72 via Amazon]

2. The Joint Book

Glue can only get you so far. For everything else, there’s wood joinery. Join your fellow top-tier woodworkers and learn the best of the best from the rest who don’t rest. [$14.27 via Amazon]

3. The Artful Wooden Spoon

Wanna spoon? This book is the ULTIMATE resource about how you can get started carving spoons, ladles, cups, etc. – don’t spend too much time stirring about this purchase – just get it! [$14.19 via Amazon]

4. The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees

Robert Penn cuts down an ash tree and sees what he can make out of it. This is his story, and all we have to say to this is: DAT ASH [$17.67 via Amazon]

5. The Minimalist Woodworker

Use this book to convince your significant other that you need to invest in MORE tools so you can ultimately have LESS…yeah, that’ll work [$16.96 via Amazon]

For the Lumberjack

1. Pocket Saw

Just in case you ever need to cut down a tree in an emergency, you’ve got your handy-dandy pocket saw to do the job! This pocket saw can literally be kept in your pocket and just requires a little bit of upper body strength to get the job done [$23.95 via Amazon]

2. Stikkan Wall-Mounted Wood Splitter

This wall splitter is just as much a conversation piece as it is functional. Affix this to the side of your garage, or heck – the wall of your family room, so you can be ready to split a log at a minute’s notice [$159.99 via Amazon]

For the Classy Wood Enthusiast

1. Big Red Beard Combs

Woodn’t you like to have a nice ‘do? Yeah – you wood. We love Big Red Beard Combs for this reason! [$30 via Amazon]

2. Shaving Brush

If you decide to shave off your beard, you need to do so in style. Enter this amazing zebrawood shaving brush. [$47 via Amazon]

3. Oak Bottle

The Oak Bottle is a gift from God – it allows you to age subpar wine or spirits with the natural oak bottling process so you have better drinks in a matter of days. Who woodn’t want that? [$116 via Amazon]


Knot & Grain: Secret Santa!

We’re excited to announce the first annual Knot & Grain Secret Santa that is free to participate in and is open to any and all woodworkers in the U.S.!

Participation Rules
1. Must sign up via THIS FORM by this Sunday, December 11th at 11:59 PM PST.
2. Knot & Grain will randomly select Secret Santa pairs and send out individual e-mails on Monday, December 12th informing you of your Secret Santa recipient’s name, Instagram handle, and mailing address.
3. You must postmark your Secret Santa gift by Monday, December 19th (but preferably sooner so your Secret Santa can have it for the holidays!)
4. You must include a note in the package so your Secret Santa knows who to thank!

Secret Santa Gifts
– Must be at least a $25 value but not exceed $75 in value (tools, cutting boards, wooden bowls/cups/spoons, gift cards, etc. are all good ideas to get you started)
– Don’t send 25 stickers each valued at $1. That would NOT be a good idea to get you started…

If you have any questions/problems, please e-mail us at!

If you want to get your woodworker or yourself a gift for the holidays, check out the Knot & Grain shop! We have an assortment of puntastic mugs/t-shirts, including (but not limited to):




Build Your Own Branch Board

These step-by-step instructions and images were syndicated from

Branchboarding, which is the proper verb to use when riding one of these remarkable contraptions, is for 3 kinds people: Those who like scooters, those who like skateboards, and the Lorax. Presumably, your kid is one of those, so grab some old skate trucks and wheels, a chisel, and a drill, and make them their very own branchboard. They’re pretty much guaranteed to be the only kid at the playground who has one, and you’ll be the only dad there who can tell people with a straight face, “I’m a lumberjack.”

Step 1: Finding An Appropriate Branch
The branch should be healthy (not snapped or cracked) and wide enough to hold the trucks. Besides this there are no rules for choosing your branch. The shape and size may correspond to the size and character of the person. One can choose a form for riding in the city, on roads, to cruise, for speed, or for use as a daily transportation device.


Step 2: Trucks And Wheels
Choosing the Skate/Longboard trucks for your purpose.


Step 3: Positioning The Trucks
The distance between the trucks depends on the length of the branch.

It is very important that the trucks are lined up so that they are completely parallel.


Step 4: Cutting Out The Truck Plane

  • Put the branch on a workbench and fix it with a vise.
  • Position the trucks on the bare branch and mark the branch along the edges of the trucks.
  • Cut roughly one centimeter deep into the branch at the markings. This way the trucks can be slightly sunk into the wood, so they remain in place and are more stable. It also distributes force throughout the branch during riding, instead of just straining the screws.
  • Cut out the area between the cuts you just made on the markings to form an even plane.
  • After cutting and sanding the truck panes, make sure the trucks are parallel to one another! They must lie on the planes perfectly.


Step 5: Mounting The Trucks
When the trucks are positioned, and lie evenly on their planes, you can screw them to the branch with normal wood screws. Now you can place the branchboard on the ground. All 4 wheels must touch the surface evenly, and they must be parallel.

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Once this is the case, you can take out the wood screws. The resulting holes from the wood screws must now be drilled completely through the branch. I recommend using carriage bolts instead of wood screws, as these can be fastened with nuts on the other side.(Wood screws tend to come loose over time due to vibrations while riding.) The only difference between this and mounting trucks on a skateboard is the need for longer bolts.


To tighten the trucks I recommend washers and 2 nuts on each bolt. First pull all 4 nuts tightly on each truck, then put another nut on each bolt. The second nuts act as additional support for the bolts, which must be able to withstand a lot of pressure while riding.

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One can put layers of rubber (i.e. cutouts from bicycle inner tubings) between the branch, screws, and trucks, in order to eliminate vibrations while riding. It also reduces wear and tear on the wood, increasing the life expectancy and improving the sound while riding (quieter).

Step 6: Fine Tuning
Once the trucks and wheels are mounted, its time for the first test ride! One should keep in mind not to set the tension of the trucks too tight or too loose. This sensitivity setting can be manipulated with the nut between the wheels. (Extra elements like Griptape, Brakes, Lights are also options to consider.)


From this point on, a new perspective of movement will open up before you.

Stay safe! Branchboard at your own risk!

Nico Rayf is the founder of Branch Boarding. To see more, visit