Best Way to Remove DIY Splinters?

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One of the hazards of being a Do It Yourselfer is nasty splinters. (Well, the hazard is sort of a human one, not just a DIY one.) Last week I was handling a shim for a DIY project and managed to get a particularly troublesome splinter. One week later and I still can't get it out. Thought it was worth turning to you, the wise and experienced AT readers, to collect your best stories and advice for splinter removal...

This one is especially challenging because it's either under or directly next to my finger's nail bed. The blond wood of the shim and the location are making it impossible to locate the exact point of entry. But trust me, that sucker is definitely still in there. I've tried all the tricks: digging with needle, nail clippers, tweezers; soaking in warm water; soaking in warm bread (!); wrapping with baking soda/water mixture.

Save me from my splinter AT!

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