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Milled

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02-05-2016 04:28 AM

I have some 1/4” wide by 1/8” thick strips that I want to pin nail at the ends without splitting. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 04:29 AM

Dampen the wood first?

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 04:31 AM

Jumbo, good idea. I’ll try it tomorrow. Thanks,

-- If it's doable, I'll do it...if it's been done, I've done it...if it's impossible, I'll try it.

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 04:50 AM

I have taken a small dab of glue and some tape and glued them in place rather than use a nail. Of course if you ever want it off, it is wood glue which does not really ever want to come apart. LOL

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 05:42 AM

Orientation of the gun matters. place the pins so the “chisel point” is facing perpendicular to the wood grain (cutting fibers rather than wedging between)

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 06:52 AM

Thanks for the suggestions…

-- If it's doable, I'll do it...if it's been done, I've done it...if it's impossible, I'll try it.

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 05:35 PM



Orientation of the gun matters. place the pins so the “chisel point” is facing perpendicular to the wood grain (cutting fibers rather than wedging between)

- jerryminer


Pin nailers use 23 gauge pins which are round in cross section. You must be confusing pin nailers with 18 gauge brad nailers.

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 07:16 PM

Orientation of the gun matters. place the pins so the “chisel point” is facing perpendicular to the wood grain (cutting fibers rather than wedging between)

- jerryminer

Pin nailers use 23 gauge pins which are round in cross section. You must be confusing pin nailers with 18 gauge brad nailers.

- MrRon


You sure about that Ron? These 23 ga pin nail are not round and do have a chisel point.

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 07:41 PM

I used to assemble picture frames with cross pinned corners. I used conventional brads and pre-drilled. It is probably your only sure way to avoid splitting.

The drill bits snap easily so you need to buy several at a time. United Manufacturers Supply sells them very cheaply along with the wire brads.

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and: http://www.unitedmfrscatalog.com/lg_display.cfm/page/19/catalog/Catalog_772_Revised

Here is the price list: http://www.unitedmfrs.com/cart/price_list.cfm

you need to look up the part number on the price list. It is a pain to use but their prices are very good.

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#9 posted 02-05-2016 07:42 PM

Use a clamp across the strip where you are shooting the pin. The power will have to go forward, through the strip versus being able to split the wood laterally.

Gart

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#10 posted 02-05-2016 07:56 PM

Pin it in place first, then cut it to length.

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#11 posted 02-07-2016 03:39 PM

It’s the grain you have to watch when pinning the pieces. Follow the grain create a split. It’s like driving a wedge…

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