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Forum topic by dpwalker posted 11-12-2010 10:41 AM 902 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2010 10:41 AM

I am building shot glass displays to hold 20 glasses each. These will be hung on the wall, not sitting on a table or shelf. Would you please give me your opinion on what type & gauge nailer to use for holding strength that won’t split the thin wood? I am using Walnut & maple as the primary woods. Thanks in advance.

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 03:57 PM

I would use my 18 gauge brad nailer. I have a Bostitch that shoots up to 2” brads. Brad length would depend on the thickness of your stock.

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 04:21 PM

I agree with lew. I have a Bostitch brad nailer also and it works great. The glue will do most of the work, but the nails will hold it in place until the glue dries.

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 04:32 PM

I also use an 18 gauge nailer. Works great for shadow boxes. I have 2 to use for different length nails, one for 5/8” the other for longer lengths. From 5/8”- 2” 18 gauge nails allows you to do a lot of projects with an 18 gauge nailer.

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 07:09 PM

I have a Bostitch HP118K 23 Gauge Pin Nailer that I have been pretty happy with. I have used it when the stock is 1/4” or thinner. For thicker stock, I use a Bostitch BT1855K 18-Gauge Brad Nailer.

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 08:50 PM

My nailer is a small Warrington-pattern hammer. Works with all sizes of small brads. Even works during power outages. ;-)

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