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What do you need to use a push pin?

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To use a push pin you need pins and possibly a small hammer, such as a tack hammer.

Panel pins

A steel pin fo ruse with a push pin Panel pins are short, narrow nails used for fastening together thin pieces of wood.

Panel pins are small, lightweight and inconspicuous compared to normal nails and so they are ideal for decorative applications such as cove moulding or trim, and veneer.

Veneer pins

Veneer and panel pin dimensions to be used with a push pin Veneer pins are 1mm in diameter and between 12mm (0.47 inches) and 25mm (0.98 inches) in length, with an inconspicuous, or very small, head.

In comparison, the length of panel pins varies from 20mm (0.78 inches) to 32mm (1.25 inches) and they have a head diameter of 1.6mm (0.06 inches).

Wood veneer for use with a push pin Veneer pins are used to secure veneer wood in place, using a push pin.

Veneer is wood that is very thin, usually less than 3mm (0.11 inches), and is used for decorative covering of furniture, for example cabinets.

Brad pins

A brad pin 30mm in length, for use with a brad pusher Brad pins or nails are almost identical to panel pins and are most commonly used in the USA.

They are usually 30mm (1.18 inches) long and 1.19mm (3/64 inches) in diameter.

V-nails

Example of a v-nail for use with a V-nail pusher V-nails are used for corner joining of picture frames and are suitable for softwoods and most hardwoods.

V-nails are bevelled (shaped at their edges) and lubricated with a little oil for easy installation. They measure just 7mm (0.27 inches) in length.

Track pins

Pins for a model railway to be used with a push pin Model railway track pins are designed to fix the track to a baseboard of hardwood. The track pins are placed at regular intervals along the tracks using the push pin, and then they are gently tapped into the baseboard using a small hammer.

Track pins measure 10mm (0.39 inches) in length and are either 2mm (0.07 inches) or 3mm (0.11 inches) in diameter.

 Wonkee Donkee Don't tap in the tacks too hard or you may damage or distort the track.

Ship modelling pins

Brass ship modelling pins for use with p pin pusher Brass ship modelling pins are used with push pins on model ships. They are supplied in packs which can contain up to 200 pins and are available from modelling suppliers.

The head diameter is usually 1.25mm (0.04 inches) and the pins are available in 7mm (0.27 inches), 10mm (0.39 inches) or 12mm (0.47 inches) lengths.

Tack hammer

A tack hammer for use with panel pins You may need a small hammer, such as a tack hammer, to finish tapping in the pin.