whats causing staples to curl in melamine?

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Forum topic by allwood posted 06-27-2012 01:47 AM 3100 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2012 01:47 AM

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i’m having a problem with my 18 gauge staple gun, the staples are more and more frequently pipling up on the surface of my melamine boxes during assembly. the gun is a bostich, fairly new, 2-3yrs old, the staples are a generic brand. somtimes it seems something hard is in the mel, but other times i dont know. the air pressure is good, 100psi from a large compressor. tried different brands of mel, but still seems to be a problem. the depth setting is maxed and the staples sometimes dont go all the way in. just tired of fixing this problem. any suggestions?

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 01:58 AM

i’ve had the same problem at time with all the shooters
you are right about the melamine and particleboard
in spots it is just hard

the problem with the nails or staples
is how the point is sharpened
the cheap ones not even on both sides
making them want to curl or pop out the side
(and who knows what grade steel they use in them)

we save money getting generic
but often lose time and quality too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 12:19 AM

popping out the side i can deal with, its jst that it piles up on the surface and sometimes jambs the gun as well. and yes cheap isn’t always better, but i hate to go buy a brand new box when the current box is still mostly full. oh, just reread that and now i even sound cheap to my self hahaha!

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 12:24 AM

Try putting some heavy pressure on the gun when you shoot the staple. Melamine has a really hard surface and a staple is essentially two brads. If you can hold the nailer down and prevent the recoil, the staples should go in.

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 12:38 AM

Staples on melamine ? Cmon now.

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 01:45 AM

I can’t say I’ve never stapled melamine but I wouldn’t expect consistent
results driving a staple through a full 3/4” melamine side and into a
particleboard edge. Try rabbeting the melamine to 3/8” and see
if the staples work better.

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 04:31 AM

I’m with patron. It’s the staples.

Get them behind you, buy the name that’s on the gun. The cheap staples are taking the fun out of the project. How much are you willing to pay for a fun meal, or a fun first run movie or a fun nine holes of golf?

I want to hear the thump when that box of staples hits the bottom of your trash can, on your way out to buy a box of staples that will put the fun back in your pressurized air activities!



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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