Nail Size Chart

The nail size chart provides information on the length and shank diameter in inches for different nail sizes.
Nail Size (Penny) Length (Inches) Shank Diameter (Inches)
2d 1 0.072
3d 1.25 0.083
4d 1.5 0.112
5d 1.75 0.112
6d 2 0.113
8d 2.5 0.131
10d 3 0.148
12d 3.25 0.148
16d 3.5 0.162
20d 4 0.192
30d 4.5 0.207
40d 5 0.225
50d 5.5 0.238
60d 6 0.262

The Nail Size Chart provides information about the various nail sizes commonly used for different applications. This chart includes details such as the nail size (measured in penny), the length of the nail in inches, and the shank diameter of the nail in inches. By referring to this chart, users can easily determine the appropriate nail size and specifications for their specific requirements.


What is a nail size chart?

A nail size chart is a reference tool that provides information about the length and diameter of nails for various applications.

How are nail sizes represented on a nail size chart?

Nail sizes are typically represented by a number, such as 6, 8, or 12. The higher the number, the longer and thicker the nail.

How do I read a nail size chart?

To read a nail size chart, locate the nail size number on the vertical axis and match it with the corresponding length and diameter measurements on the horizontal axis.

What are the common nail sizes used in construction?

Common nail sizes used in construction range from 2 to 16. Smaller sizes like 2 and 3 are used for light-duty applications, while larger sizes like 12 and 16 are used for heavier framing work.

Can I use any type of nail for a specific application?

It is recommended to use nails specifically designed for the intended application. For instance, in woodworking, finishing nails or brad nails are commonly used, while in framing, common nails are preferred. Always refer to the nail size chart to choose the appropriate nail for your specific project.

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