Our Silicon Bronze ring nails (also referred to as bronze boat nails or ring shank nails) are threaded with annular ring barbs to create a locking effect and resist pullout stresses. This thread form provides holding power comparable to wood screws with maximum back-out resistance.
We recommended silicon bronze nails for wood or plywood joints where maximum resistance to withdrawal loads is required.
Note: Not recommended where shear, lateral or racking loads are significant, or for end-grain nailing.
12 x 3/4" only sold in 100lb minimums.
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Stainless Steel 316
I am building a 14 ft.wooden pirogue using 1/4" marine plywood. The plans call for 3d(1 1/4 in.)bronze ring- shanked nails.Should I purchase #14,#12,or other #? Thanks G.Lawrence
A 3D nail is quite thin so I would order the #14 gauge nails and be prepared to pre drill if they are causing splits.
For 1/4" ply, I find the #14 worked fine on my 14ft hydroplane build.
I was looking at these nails on line the specs sections says stainless steel ?
If they are bronze wjy would it say stainless? I have used the bronze nails and they worked very well for what I used them for. I believe I also purchasrd some from JD many years ago and used then to help with cold moulding planks below the waterline on my 1936 Casy cutter, and they held up extremely well.
WILLIAM LYMAN III
No, these are silicon bronze. You don't want to usestainless steel under water.
The Maritime Museum of San Diego purchased silicon bronze ring-shank nails from Jamestown and found them suitable for our purposes. As the current online specification references 316 Stainless steel, I would confirm from Jamestown Distributors whether the spec or product description is in error, but our order arrived as silicon bronze.
Not SS. I use these for porch swings. Have some over 25 years with no deterioration. OUTSIDE! None have loosened. I used these with cypress, Spanish cedar, and Honduran mahogany. These woods are almost impervious to weather. No nails have failed. Minimal staining, if at all.
The ringed nails are bronze boat nails ideal for fastening used in a potentially damp environment. Dave Gray
you are right why would it ?? but it does I suspect a typo.
Must be a mistake in the spec description. I have used these nails in two wooden framed drift boats and they are definitely bronze throughout.
how are they made?
They look like they're forged. They're softer than steel nails so be sure to predrill before driving them. They have a fairly large head so don't look at them as a finish nail. You can set them somewhat with a punch and putty/epoxy over. They develop a nice green patina over time especially if used to secure leathers.
The head and annular thread are cold forged from drawn wire stock. Why does it matter to you?
can this be sold in factions of pound? Replacing a transom on a sailfish and only need a few dozen. Thank you.
You asked the wrong forum, you need to call customer service. The question went out to others that have bought these nails.
They are not THAT expensive!
can i purchase 20 pounds?
I'm installing 3/8 thick mahogany plywood for the deck of my 1963 Grady White runabout. Not sure what gauge nails to use. Would 2 inch 10 gauge be a good choice?
Seems long to me. What are you nailing into? 1 and a half inch would be more than enough in to wood deck beams. These things go in and don't back out. Even when you want to remove them. If your substrate is hard, drill pilot holes. These nails are brittle (and strong) but will often snap rather than bend. Rule of thumb is the nail should be three times the thickness of what your nailing. If you need to remove the fastener, use screws. Hope this helps.
I think 10 or 12 would be good. The length depends on how thick the cross members are. You do not want the nails going thru the cross members. 1 1/2" to 2" length. You will need a nail set to set the nails flush. Don`t try to hammer the nails flush. That will leave a dimple in the wood. I would use a nail set upside down so when the nail heads are seated they will be flat.
I built a little plywood cabin cruiser inboard.. I used mahogany ply wood for the stern board.. Got a bit of stain because it is so porous everything soaks into it... and that was after 3 coats of varnish... Use mahogany planking and bung the screw holes for the deck..
2" X 10 is a bit much. I would probably use 1 1/4" X 14 ga. 12 ga. If you want a little heavier. You might want to pre-drill for the shank if you are nailing into oak. Spit drill too so you can sink the head a little with a punch if you want to fill the holes.
MACKIE BOAT WORKS
can i order 5 lb ?
Please advise the Manufacturer Name or Brand for this Silicon Bronze Nails. Is this made in USA?
There is no indication of the manufacturer or country of origin on the container.
Jamestown re-packages the nails in a box with their own name on it: no manufacturers name,no country of origin. I have it on good authority that all bronze screws and nails are manufactured in Asia.
No help on the Silicon bronze nails I purchased. The packaging read: Jamestown Distributors, Bristol, RI.
can these be used on a copper roof?
I would not for two reasons, first it is a dissimilar metal and you will probably get corrosion, second you often have to drill a pilot hole for larger sizes of annular nails. There are many sources of copper nails on line with a goggle search.
Silicon bronze is compatible with copper, and the threaded nails have better pull out resistance, but copper roofing nails have larger heads that do a better job of not punching through the copper roofing.
Sure. They will not turn green like copper, but dark brown like "aged bronze". If they are to show, you might want copper nails.
Yes you can. They are meant to be used in a moist environment and as long as you are using copper flashing along with the nails.
Bronze is made up of 12% copper, they are close together on the galvanic table. Which means they are safe to use together. Annular rings hold very very well, they are very difficult to remove from wood.
You usually use copper roofing nails, but if the heads are too big you could use the Silicon Bronze Ring Nails as you should have no reaction to the copper and they are more weather resistant than stainless steal.
They could be used on a copper roof in that they are compatible with copper. However, the heads on the smaller sizes are not quite big enough for the best holding power and the larger nails would be much longer than you need. You might be better off using copper roofing nails.
which is larger diameter, 14 gauge or 15 gauge?
Bonjour Jean-Jacques. With gauge sizes, a smaller number equals a bigger diameter. So a 14 gauge nail is bigger than a 15 gauge.I just went out to my shop and measured a 14 gauge bronze ring nail. It was .088" diameter, or 2.2 mm. I don't have any 15 gauge nails but I guess they would be about .075" to .080".If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.
Like wire, from which they are made, the bigger the number the smaller the nail. Search web for "nail gauge size" for authoritative answer
14... The lower the number the fatter the Nial..works just like electrical wire gauging..
Smaller gauge, bigger diameter. 14 (0.077) is bigger than 15 (0.069)
Smaller number = heavier nail
Loving These Nails!
This is the first time I've used small ring nails instead of screws for fastening planking to longitudinal battens. I wish I'd done this a long time ago. You might need a dolly, like a car body shop uses, to back up the batten as you drive the nails between frames. They sell one here, but I see it's on clearance so it may be gone by the time you read this. I made one 30 years ago for copper rivet and rove fastening by filling a 2" steel pipe cap with melted lead. Still working as good as it ever did.
Great quality, same as ever
You might think that bronze ring shank nails would be a standard thing. Not so. Jamestown Distributors has proven time and again that what they sell is the real thing and it will meet my expectations. I no longer search around when looking outside my local supply area, I go straight to them and the next thing I know I have what I wanted and it is as described. This has real value to me.
Boat building necessity
I pre-drilled smaller holes in the mahogany wood so that the nails wouldn't bend over as I hammered them in as they're softer than iron nails.
great nails @ great price
These nails are tough to get out and a little soft - I am nailing into oak, so i drill a small pilot hole.
MT PLEASANT, SC
Again all of the fasteners I have purchased from these folks have been of good quality.
Gary L. Sr.
Saint Maries, Idaho
Manufacturer needs to do QC checks
After recieving this product I became concerned with whether I would have enough nails to finish my job...I then began to count the number of nails in the initial 2 box purchase...both boxes only had 290 nails in them...NOT 302..so I had to order more product causing me to incur unnecessary shipping charges...had I known each box was short on nails I would have ordered more to begin with and saved on the initial shipping...it's bad enough I didn't get what I paid for, but had to pay again to get the same quantity...JD needs to question the manufacturer on their QC and how each box had a low nail count...
Bronze ring shank nails
We're using these to build a 12 ft wooden boat that we'll auction or raffle off to get funding for the grade school. The 12 kids involved are learning a lot about wood working, from buying plans to visiting the lumber mill to epoxying, nailing, screwing, varnishing, and painting. Pre-drilling holes for the nails that attached the side panels to the stem was an eye opener for some of the kids.
Great product will buy again
I use these nails on basket bases. Nails hold fast and do not rust.
Ray the basket man
Nails are great!! Box needs to be taped.
The box lid came loose in shipping. Nails everywhere!!The nails were great, just what I ordered for my boat.I'm SOOOOO GLAD they are hard to get out. That's why I ordered ring shanks.
Silicon Bronze Ring Nails
I used these nails to create a look similiar to copper nails and roves on my gunwales. Pre-drill nail holes,especially in hardwoods, a bit smaller than shank to avoid splitting your wood trim. I drilled from both sides and drove the nails towards each other in order to center them on the inner and outer 'wales. Only split 2 of 30 spacers holding inner 'wale away from top strake of boat..easily fixed with epoxy and clamp. I also dipped them in epoxy before I drove them home to seal the holes from any water intrusion. They really look great after a little burnishing with superfine sandpaper and a coat of epoxy followed by varnish.