|Forum topic by McKitten||posted 09-02-2014 11:45 AM||1265 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
09-02-2014 11:45 AM
I was so exited for labor day weekend. I got my hands on 4 free pallets and was all set to get to work on some DIY furniture. I broke apart one of the pallets, sawed the lengths I needed, and began what I thought would be a relatively easy job of fastening the boards together. More fool I.
I tried hammering them together with 1.5in. ring shank nails. This proved so difficult it was comical. I was pounding and pounding away and the nails were barely going through the wood. Some of the nail heads even broke off with the force of my eventually frustrated hammering but the nails were barely driven into the surface.
Then I thought maybe if I used a nail gun with some force behind it this would work. So, I went to rent one from Home Depot. This was another exercise in futility as the people at the rental place had no idea what they were taking about, plus they were out of compressed air cartridges. So I went to Lowe’s to price out a nail gun and maybe get some better advice. The guy in the tool department seemed to have a much better idea what I was talking about and recommended some screws (advising that I drill some pilot holes) Great. Can do. I get home and go to work drilling those babies in. No, the wood proves to be too hard for the screws too. I drill and drill and the screws don’t even penetrate the second board. I break the tip of a screwdriver bit off in the head of a screw just trying to get it in after throwing all my body weight into the thing.
Then I try drilling pilot holes the size of the screw shaft into the wood of both boards and screwing the screws in afterward. Does this work? Not a bit. The screw seems to be in both boards but will not join the two close enough together to make them flush with one another.
I showed the wood to someone who said maybe it was Asian hardwood. Whatever it is it’s like iron. Two people at home depot, a wood worker friend, and the guy at Lowe’s all say that I don’t need a nail gun and/or it won’t work.
I can tell the pallet was put together using a nail gun because, on the nails I pulled out of the pallet, I can see the traces of metal that was holding the nails together in the magazine (two little wire filament things on the shaft of each nail) so obviously a nail gun worked on the pallet at some point.
MY QUESTION IS: What kind of nail gun was used and if not a cordless one, can a cordless one be used? AND/OR how in the heck do I work with this wood?! Easy little beginner project turned into a weekend nightmare. Please help!