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This has been sitting on the bookshelf in my parents' house since I was a kid, and to this day, I still have no idea what it is or how to play:

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It was given to us by my grandma, and the best my dad can remember is that "it's a puzzle of some sort". He claims to have solved it once, but can't recall anything beyond that.

I tried Googling "Ol' George's Nail Wail" to no avail. Here are a couple more pics from other angles:

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Are the nails all the same length and just the holes are different depths? I could see a puzzle like this using different length nails combined with different depth holes and the end goal is to get all the nails in neatly like in your picture. –  Andy Tinkham May 25 at 15:20
    
@AndyTinkham Good guess, but I just checked, and all the nails are the same length. –  Emmett May 25 at 20:13

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It looks like a "nail balance" puzzle. It is very similar to some of the results of this Google Image Search.

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That's it!! Thanks a ton. And now, here is Ol' George's Nail Wail, SOLVED: i.stack.imgur.com/yckYe.jpg –  Emmett May 26 at 4:45

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