- a short rod of steel used to drive a nail below or flush with a surface.
Origin of nail set
First recorded in 1895–1900
Also called nail punch.
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Examples from the Web for nail set
It can be fastened with fine nails (see Nailing and Nail-set).
Nails are usually "set," that is, the heads are driven with a nail-set below the surface.Manual Training Toys for the Boy's Workshop
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Do not use a file for a nail-set, for the end is too hard and will dent the face of the hammer-head.
This shelf can be simply put together by nailing, setting the nails carefully (see Nailing and Nail-set).
The corners must be mitred, and the moulding fastened on with fine brads, which must be set (see Nailing and Nail-set).
- a punch for driving the head of a nail below or flush with the surrounding surface