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I wanted to create a "hellevator" and tunnel straight down, but I encountered an obstacle in the form of a wooden room underground. My Nightmare pickaxe seems to be unable to destroy the wooden block perimeter of this room

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How can I destroy these wooden blocks to continue digging down?

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I'm going to edit this for clarity, as in terraria, walls generally mean the background tiles, which are broken with a hammer. –  Mr Smooth Dec 10 '11 at 23:47
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Wood is one of the few solid blocks in the game that cannot be destroyed with a Pickaxe (or Drill, later in the game).

You have to use an Axe or a Chainsaw (or a combination tool that incorporates either), just like you would for chopping down a tree. You should have spawned with a Copper Axe.

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As of Terraria 1.2, wood blocks are now mined with a pickaxe as well. Axes and chainsaws are now reserved for trees, giant mushrooms and cacti. They are no longer used for solid blocks.

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