Testing Toe Nailing vs. Face Nailing
The “framing methods?” thread raised a question that deserves its own thread:
Which is stronger, toe nailing or face nailing?
It should be possible to come up with ways of testing to get a numerical answer, any ideas? I’m thinking building ten examples of each, and loading them until they fail. But we’d want to consider tension, shear in the plane of the joint, shear perpendicular to the joint, maybe some other considerations? Hmmm — ten of each in three loading directions is already sixty joints to build and test….
Another consideration is that there are variables in the toe nailing process. Face nailing is all pretty much the same, but I’ve seen toenails started anywhere from 3/8″ to 1 1/2″ from the end of the two by. First we’d need to standardize on how to make the toe nailed samples.