How to Get Nails Out of Wood

Are you looking for easy to follow tutorial on how to get nails out of the wood? Then this article is definitely for you.

It is our aim to ensure that you will gain more knowledge when it comes to getting nails out of the wood. Not only that, but we also want to make sure that you will be able to do it efficiently.

Getting nails out of the wood can be a very easy task if you follow these guidelines.

You need to be efficient when it comes to getting rid of nails since you want to protect your woodwork from damage by hammers or pincers.

Materials Needed

You can freely choose what kind of materials you are going to need when removing nails out of wood. Here are three of the most commonly used materials of getting rid of nails.


There are different kinds of a hammer that you can find in the market today and the best hammer that you need to get are those that have a claw on the on opposite side of its head. Of course, aside from having a claw, you also want to make sure that it is made out of excellent quality materials. You want a strong hammer with a claw that can easily get rid of long and tough nails.

Nail Puller or Cat’s Paw

This is a specialized crowbar that is quite popular or carpenters and woodcrafters. It is easy to use and it is straightforward. You can the same technique as with the hammer. When using nail puller or cat’s paw, you need to note that using a piece of wood for leverage is critical in order to prevent damages on your wooden surfaces.

Pry Bars

This material is most useful especially if you are trying to remove deeply buried nails on wood. Just like the nail puller, you need to make sure that you have skills and efficiency to avoid damage on your wood surface.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Different materials used for getting rid of nails out of wood requires a different method. Make sure that you check and follow instructions specific for the materials that you are planning to use. 

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Removing Nails with Claw Hammer

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Prepare your top quality hammer and make sure that you locate the nail that you would like to be taken out. Position the claw of your hammer to the head of the nail. It is important that you are careful when it comes to prying out its head. Pry the nail until its head elevates from the wood surface.
Once you are able to secure the head of the nail with the claw, then the next thing that you need to do is to make a sideways pull with force. If the nail would not come off, then just repeat the process. Yes, that’s how easy it is.

Removing Nails with Cat’s Nail Puller or Cat’s Paw

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Get your nail puller or your cat’s paw with a supporting hammer. Make sure that you angle the nail puller or cat’s paw at 45 degrees above the head of the nails. Using your hammer, you will then need to strike the cat’s paw to get a hold of the nail head. Finally, once the nail head is out, you will then carefully pull the nail puller or cat’s paw backward to remove the nail.

Removing Nails with Pry Bar

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Prepare your pry bar and also your hammer for support. Find the nail that you want to take out. Carefully position the pry bar on the wood surface where the head of the nail lies. Using your hammer, knock or strike the pry bar in order for it to be buried onto the side of the nail head.

Once the head of the nails are out or exposed, you will then insert it between the fissures and slowly pull the nail out with a jolt – be careful when doing this.


As you can see, removing nails with pry bar should be that difficult. All you need is determination and some simple materials. The materials that we mentioned here are very easy to find and you can buy them almost anywhere. Always make sure that you are careful when using these materials. You have 2 goals; not to hurt yourself and not to damage your wood surface.

  • January 5, 2019
  • DIY