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Forum topic by treesner posted 05-14-2016 01:08 AM 668 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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treesner

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05-14-2016 01:08 AM

hey guys wondering what you think would be a better nailer to get 18g or pin nailer?

I’ve got some plywood construction 1/2” (dados) projects and would like to set the nail to hold while the glue dries

From looking more into it it seems like the pin nails don’t have a head so they wouldn’t apply heavy pressure as well on a glue up meaning still need to add some clamps where as the 18g you could glue and nail without clamps (my assumption but not sure)


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MadMark

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#1 posted 05-14-2016 01:35 AM

You’ve been watching Norm again …

Just glue & clamp it.

M

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 05-14-2016 01:40 AM

Generally speaking, I use my 18 gauge nailer much more often than my pinner. 23 gauge pinners are exclusively for light, small trim and applied mouldings.

However with a dado joint, why not just glue and clamp it? If you have a snug fitting dado, glue alone can make a strong joint.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 05-14-2016 01:42 AM



Generally speaking, I use my 18 gauge nailer much more often than my pinner. 23 gauge pinners are exclusively for light, small trim and applied mouldings.

However with a dado joint, why not just glue and clamp it? If you have a snug fitting dado, glue alone can make a strong joint.

- pintodeluxe

Ditto. I hate puttying nail holes.

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#4 posted 05-14-2016 01:55 AM

I’ve got to agree with Fridge and Pinto. Unless your doing really small delicate wroke an 18 gauge with do you just fine. Mark is also right on target. Modern glues almost make brads unnecessary. Mark also mentioned clamps. You can never have enough clamps, all kinds and all sizes. Go forth and conquer.

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devann

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#5 posted 05-14-2016 05:54 AM

.18ga. or .23ga.? Both, they’re used for two different applications. I use a .16,.18, &.23 ga. Couldn’t do without any of the three.

ditto what the others said about gluing & clamping.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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AlaskaGuy

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#6 posted 05-14-2016 06:30 AM



You ve been watching Norm again …

Just glue & clamp it.

M

- MadMark


Glue and clamp it….....................If ya have all day.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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MrUnix

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#7 posted 05-14-2016 06:32 AM

Make up some of these from scrap wood… they work fantastic and no need for nails:

Thanks go to Izzy for the idea. Watch this video for build instructions.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Jim Finn

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#8 posted 05-14-2016 11:39 AM

I use my pin nailer only while assembling light weight items like small cedar boxes and trunks. I have an 18 gauge nailer for larger projects and I also have lots of clamps. Life is good…..

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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Rick M

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#9 posted 05-14-2016 04:19 PM

I have an 18g, bought for shop projects so I don’t have to clamp and wait for glue to dry. I’ve also used it to put up trim.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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