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Forum topic by CantBurn posted 10-16-2010 07:14 PM 1782 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2010 07:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: nail gun framing

Ok, I already have a brad nail gun. But I still feel like I am missing something. I know there is no “all-purpose” nail gun. But, would a framing gun be the closest thing? Thanks for the help guys.

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#1 posted 10-16-2010 07:20 PM

I have 18 gauge and a 16 gauge that take care of most of my needs. Depending on what you do you may want a stapler or a pin gun. I wouldn’t bother with a framing nailer unless you have a lot of outdoor projects or work with a lot of thick stock.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 10-16-2010 07:24 PM

It all depends on what you want to do. A framing gun is big, heavy and intended for framing houses. I see no need for one in woodworking.

I have a brad gun and a finishing nailer. The finishing nailer is closer to your “all purpose” gun. With 2.5” nails I use it for framing when I need to and there are some conventional wood working projects that I use it. However, I am sure I use my brad nailer at least 5 times more often than I use my finishing nailer.

FYI – I also have a pinning gun which is great for some woodworking applications. It uses headless 23 gauge pins that are virtually invisible in the wood.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 10-16-2010 07:44 PM

Thanks for the tips

-- Chris-Woodstock, Illinois

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#4 posted 10-16-2010 09:04 PM

I have a framing gun, which rarely gets used, even on the job. In small jobs, it is quicker and easier to screw stuff together than set up the nail guns.

In my shop, I have 2-18 ga. guns and a 16 ga. gun. I want a 23ga. gun, just haven’t went there yet.

I would like to pick up a good stapler, too, but again, haven’t went there yet.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 02:15 AM

Ditto what Rich said. you can scale up with the finish nailer to do some basic framing if necessary (I sometimes use it to tack things together with 2.5” nails, and then run a few screws in once it is framed up.), or scale it down to take the place of a brad nailer for some situations where the larger head is not a problem.

Air nailers are great. I blame my addiction to them on Norm; “now i’ll just shoot a couple brads in there to hold everything in place until the glue sets up” :)

-- PaulMayer,

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 02:28 AM

I have a Brad nail gun which uses 18 gauge nails and also a “finishing” nail gun, which uses 16g nails. I find the combination of the two covers most of my work. So far, no need for a framing nailer.

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