When the top of the nail head is about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch away from the surface of the finished wood, stop hitting it with the hammer. It’s now time to use the nail set. Place the tip of the nail set in the center of the nail head and tap it lightly with the hammer.Click to see full answer. Regarding this, how Do You Use finishing nails without a nail gun?Hold the finishing tool in one hand, and line it up with your nail. With your other hand, hammer the end of the finishing tool to drive your nail into the trim- nick free. Using spackling compound or wood putty, smooth over the nails completely. Caulk along the top and bottom of the molding.One may also ask, what nails do you use for trim? Trim nails should penetrate into wall studs. Standard finish nails usually work fine. However, many carpenters prefer to use galvanized finish nails. Thereof, how do you countersink nails? Countersink nails by hammering them below the surface of the wood. Hammer the nail into the material until the head of the nail is almost flush with the surface. Place the tapered tip of the nail set tool onto the head of the nail. Hold the nail set tool vertical and use your opposite hand to grasp a hammer. Can I glue baseboard instead of nailing?There’s no need to nail or glue them into place; just install the baseboard right over them, tight against the floor molding. It’s best to keep the nails at the bottom of the base above the gap so they go through drywall, not air.