What is your worst/most idiotic Nail Gun incident

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Forum topic by newbiewoodworker posted 01-06-2011 02:31 AM 1821 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2011 02:31 AM

Now Im not talking about a nail through the hand.. but something more frustrating.

For me: Tonight: I was nailing a piece of torsion box to my bench. Anyway… long story short.. a nail must have hit a knot… it went up, and right through a live wire for my bench’s electrical…. My best time yet! I think I hit the breaker box, 20ft away, in under 5 seconds… lol…

So whats your “Darwin” moment… or in this case “Almost Darwin” moment…

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 03:07 AM

Similar, but no electrical. Building the fence, managed to nail a knot I had somehow not seen. The nail and the knot went sailing out into the bayou and came down with a splash. The gators can keep em!

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 03:18 AM

So i guess nailgun’s and knots are like fire and water… lol

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 01:42 PM

You’ve seen this one, right?


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#4 posted 01-09-2011 02:27 PM

Thanks, now I have to clean coffee of the monitor. LMAO

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 02:48 PM

Well, it didn’t happen to me but I once saw a man staple his thumb to a piece of wood by accident. We took him to the emergency room with the wood still attached. :)

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 09:38 PM

Does this qualify?
I was shooting cedar lining into a chest that was made out of mahogany. The chest was constructed using stiles around delicate fretwork. I measure how far down to go with the brad nails on the cedar lining. Then I got sidetracked. While sidetracked, I measured something else that was about two inches more than the original measurement I took for the cedar lining task. Then I went back to the cedar lining and promptly shot about ten brad nails through that delicate fretwork before I thought about what I’d done, ruining over a week’s worth of work and, not to mention the loss of wood I’d just created by ruining the project.
No, it could not be repaired. I also discovered that day just how much damage 18ga. brad nails can do to 1/4” luan plywood when fired through the back of it at a fast pace. It looked like my beautiful trunk had been in the way of a drive by shooting.


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#7 posted 01-10-2011 04:08 AM

I had a finishing nail gun double fire and one ricocheted and tried to pierce my bottom lip.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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