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06-30-2011 04:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question nails nail gun gauge

I’d like to assemble the stools I make with nails. I’d also like to make a grownup size stool.

What gauge nail gun might you use?

Thanks,

Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν


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#1 posted 06-30-2011 04:27 PM

I have an old Bostitch angled finish nailer- FN60- shoots up to 2 1/2 finish nails. I think it would work great for this application.

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 04:45 PM

15 gauge? Right?

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 05:14 PM

Are ya gluing as well? If not, I’d use a good quality screw as a connector.
Bill

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#4 posted 06-30-2011 05:34 PM

What about some glue, a predrill, and vintage nails. Might add to the charm and the nails will stain the wood over time. Just thinking aloud. But a 15Ga 2 1/2 AND glue might work. Screw and plugs might be another consideration.

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#5 posted 06-30-2011 06:05 PM

What is a vintage nail?

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#6 posted 06-30-2011 06:07 PM

Brandon I have a 16 ga. Porter Cable finish nailer I would sell you for cheap. Never been used. Received it as part of a compressor combo kit. It shoots 5/8 up to 2 1/2. let me know if youd be interested.

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#7 posted 06-30-2011 06:11 PM

I think screws/glue and plugs would make a stronger joint and it would look nice. IMO the other option would be like Bertha said, use vintage nails/glue, but you would have to pound them by hand. A 15 gauge naill is not very large in diameter for something that people will be stepping on, so the glue would be doing most of the holding.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 06-30-2011 06:23 PM

I meant like a cool hand-forged nail (below). You can even find reclaimed rusty nails on the internet. Who knew?

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#9 posted 06-30-2011 06:26 PM

Like Wayne alludes, finish nails have a way of working their way out a bit. The last thing you want is something hanging up on a nail while someone’s using a stair (that you built). I also agree with Wayne that you could use some cool contrasting plugs that would get the screw well into the wood, away from feet. You’d get the bonus of deeper reach with a countersunk screw, too. You could handshape your dowel plugs with a drawknife for extra lumberjock points.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 06-30-2011 06:28 PM

vintage = hand drive, I bet. lol

I can’t tell… are your cross braced legs half jointed ? or are there three separate pieces for each leg assembly ?

15 or 16 gauge with good glue might not be forever joinery if these get used. Your supportive cross-members especially do not lend themselves to brad nails unless toe-nailed and that’s shoddy.

The table top and seat and brace would do fine face nailed and glued. but if the cross braced legs are separate pieces you’d better either joint two pieces to make the “X”... then glue and screw from the inside… or if they are and remain four separate pieces dowel rod and glue, I guess.

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#11 posted 06-30-2011 06:36 PM

Lol David, I wasn’t going to suggest the particular hammer;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 07-01-2011 01:49 AM

A cheap version of old time hand cut nails would be horseshoe nails.

A pocket screw on the inside of the stools would be sturdy too.

—WW

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#13 posted 07-01-2011 02:27 AM

You all are great!

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#14 posted 07-01-2011 02:31 AM

Hey David, the legs are half laps. So are you saying I should screw those together or just use the glue?

by the way, love the your tag on thinking ouside the box. As an educator, I think that is one of the major problems with our countries approach to teaching today.

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#15 posted 07-01-2011 10:28 AM

@spunwood, half laps good. Pre-drill inside, glue, screw. Good to go.

Agree re: educational approach. Nothing more valuable than a good educator, really. My own Mom is a nursing professor.

re: the tag: Yes, a lot can be said about “the box”. A mind is a terrible thing to waste. It is also a terrible thing to be born without. The sharp kids that aren’t challenged and lose interest are where a great teacher can make a huge difference.

The valedictorian is usually not the smartest kid in the class and often nowhere near the top. I went to a large hs graduation recently and found it interesting that of the five kids recognized for 30 or better on the ACT (out of 300+ graduating class), only one graduated with honors. Those are the four I would want to have in an organization.

Where in TN are you? My family is in Memphis, but I’ve not lived there since 1979.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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