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07-02-2011 03:56 AM

My daughter wants me to build thirty 5’ long planter-like boxes that will act as center pieces with flowers in them on each table. I’ve never tackled such a project before so I have no clue what to expect. These are not meant to last and I obviously don’t want to invest a fortune, but then I don’t want to spend the entire summer building these things.

I don’t own a pneumatic nailer but thought this would be a good time to get one….my wife can’t complain about this tool. What would you recommend, a brad nailer, finish nailer, something else? Which brands to look at, stay away from, etc.?


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#1 posted 07-02-2011 04:21 AM

1/4” Crown Stapler would be my choice for any outdoor planter

-- John

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#2 posted 07-02-2011 04:25 AM

Boys are SO much easier than girls! Consider making them out of painted cardboard as they are a one time item. If you need a nailer, Ive had really good luck with my Ridgid brad and finish nailers. I dont think one is better than the other because it depends on what you are going to use it for. That said, I probably use my brad nailer[18ga] the most.The nice thing about the Ridgid is that it will shoot 2 1/2” brads[and has a lifetime warranty].

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#3 posted 07-02-2011 11:55 PM

Thanks you guys.

@John. The crown stapler would certainly be more than sufficient for this project but I want to use whatever I get for future projects as well. So something more middle ground is what I’m thinking.

@gfadvm. Ain’t that the truth. I suggested something similar and the look she gave me more than shot that idea out of the water. Anyway, I’m leaning toward a brad nailer and have been looking at some of the combo packages on Amazon. I’ve been following the miter saw discussion and don’t want a $250 dust collector…

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#4 posted 07-03-2011 02:48 AM

If you have any contacts in the railroad or trucking industry,they can get cardboard over an inch thick. [for free] This stuff is unbelievably strong and a coat of latex would make it indistinguishable from wood. You can also get this stuff from 1/4” up to who knows how thick. I use it for the top of my assembly table and just replace it when it gets too covered in glue,etc. Im trying to help as Ive been through a $30K wedding for my oldest daughter. Good luck and dont weaken. Show her a painted sample.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-03-2011 09:20 AM

Look at the Harbor Freight 68023 16 ga. finish nailer. I have one and it works flawlessly. Also have an older 18 ga. brad naileer and a 23 ga. pin nailer and all work perfectly, the latter two for years. If you have a store near you, you can get it on sale for $40 and get a 20% off coupon from Wood or other magazine. They won’t apply that on internet orders, but it’s still a steal.

How many daughters do you have?

Steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#6 posted 07-03-2011 07:09 PM

@gfadvm. My father was a long-haul trucker for his entire adult life but wooden palettes were the choice back then – I’ll look into the cardboard. I think I need to have another talk with the bride-to-be.

Thanks for the tip, Steve. Just one daughter.

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