|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 06-10-2013 05:22 PM||4807 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
06-10-2013 05:22 PM
I am wondering what the rough strength of a 15-gauge finishing nail is? How much weight can it bear? I am fixing one of our kitchen cabinets that has come apart. I am trying to make it stronger, and have added an additional crossmember on the back of the cabinet that will also act as a frech cleat. The MDF back pieces are 1/2”-thick, so I milled a piece of pine to 1/2”-thick as well and ripped it in half for the cleat and mating piece.
I’d like to drive a few 15-gauge finishing nails into the sides of the cabinet at the very back to refasten everything together. I am just wondering if the 15-gauge nails are going to be strong enough to accomplish this task? This cabinet is fairly large and typically holds about 40-pounds of items in it I’m guessing, plus the weight of the cabinet itself.
I thought about using screws (SPAX type), but I’m not sure that’s going to be any better, especially going into something that’s 1/2”-thick. I’d pre-drill those holes for the screws if I go that route.
What’s the best option here? The nails and screws wouldn’t really be visible because this cabinet is in a recess above the refrigerator, so the sides aren’t really visible.
Thanks in advance for any information here. I just want to do it right the first time because this cabinet is not the easiest thing to take down and put back up since it’s in a tight spot above the refrigerator.
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