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Brett

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530 days ago

I’d like to build a workshop cabinet from 3/4” plywood.

If I use glue and a nail gun for the joinery, will that provide enough strength? What size nails should I use (gauge and length)? I also would like to use crown staples. Can I buy a nail gun that will work with both nails and staples?

Thanks for any help.

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crank49

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#1 posted 530 days ago

Assembly methods for shop cabinets, in my order of preference:
Kreg pocket screws would be much stronger, and cost less for equipment.
Biscuit joints would be stronger, but cost more for equipment.
Even dowel joints would be stronger, but harder to build.

They make a dual purpose 18ga staple/16ga brad type gun. I have one.
And the cabinets in my kitchen were built (not by me) with crown staples and glue. I hate them.

If you go with staples or brads driven by pneumatic gun, be sure to keep your body parts away from the line of fire in case of a blow-out.

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MonteCristo

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#2 posted 530 days ago

Screws and glue would be better. Not as fast but better.

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1thumb

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#3 posted 530 days ago

I had no idea there was a staple/brad gun combo. Like Monte said, screws and glue, never fall apart

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Cosmicsniper

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#4 posted 530 days ago

I use screws for shop jigs and fixtures. But if your joints are still solid dado or halflap construction (anything other than buttjoints), then glue and brads/nails will be just fine.

But yeah, I wouldn’t use brads/nails on a butt joint of plywood, MDF, or particle board.

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lumberjoe

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#5 posted 530 days ago

dado/rabbet, glue, and 18awg brads is the quickest solution I have found. You get good experience cutting dados. Also your pieces are all indexed so you don’t need to worry about not having 3 or 4 hands when trying to drive screws.

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BTimmons

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#6 posted 530 days ago

Nail guns are freaking fantastic for trim work, like quarter round, baseboards, and crown molding.

But like everyone has said so far, they’re not so great for cabinet joinery. I agree that the Kreg pocket hole jig is a great place to start for that kind of thing. You can get one for about $20 and you’re good to go.

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 530 days ago

Kreg has some videos on their website that might help.
http://www.kregtool.com/default.html

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nwbusa

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#8 posted 530 days ago

What Joe said. I’ve used that combo for all my shop cabinets, drawers, etc. and they are rock solid. Use good quality plywood!

-- John, BC, Canada

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cutworm

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#9 posted 530 days ago

I use a narrow crown stapler on the cabinet cases I’ve made. So far so good. Like Joe says. Dados rabbets, etc.

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 530 days ago

I use dados and glue when I can.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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