brad nailer


Old 10-03-04, 09:37 PM
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brad nailer

I'm going to build a mantel and cap for my fireplace. I plan to use poplar, and was wondering if an electric brad nailer would work. There are a few out there that will do 5/8" to 1-1/4" brads, and are considerably cheaper than a compressor and air nailer. Does anyone have experience with the electric variety, and if so will they work with poplar? Thanks for any help.
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Old 10-04-04, 07:20 AM
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An electric brad nailer should work on poplar - it's not as hard as birch or maple.

The trick to using any nailer (air or electric) is to avoid 'bounce' which results in the brads not being fully driven. You should practice on scrap pieces until you feel comfortable.

Also be careful how you hold the work.........longer brads sometimes 'curl' as they're driven, and it smarts when they 'curl' into your finger.
Old 10-04-04, 11:19 AM
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I had an older version of this one:

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It was very handy but found that when I shot the longer nails, penetration was inconsistant.
Also, it was quite intolerant of undersized extension cords. It looses a considerable amount of power as the cord gets longer.

You would probably do well to purchase one and then if you find it as usefull as I did, you will know what to look for if you graduate to an air nailer.
Old 10-04-04, 01:32 PM
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Thanks! I think I'll give one a try, and keep my fingers in a safe place (sounds like that could hurt - ouch!).
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I'm sure there are electric brad nailers that work. However, I had a Craftsman model - can't remember the model number - and used it (cursed it) for a couple of years building furniture as a hobby. My brother-in-law had a similar nailer. Long story short, I ended up springing for a small "tootsie roll" compressor and a 16 gauge "air" finish nailer. My electric nailer went in the garage sale and my brother-in-law borrows my "air" nailer frequently.

This may cost a little more up front, but the air compressor comes in handy for lots of other uses.

Food for though,
Old 10-27-04, 12:48 PM
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you can get a good nailer combo at your big orange store
i used a 18 gauge and 16 guage nailer
18 or finishing and the 16 to assembly
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My recommendation is to go with the "pancake" air compressor/brad nailer combo from the big box stores. I've got an electric nailer and more than half the time, the nail doesn't go all the way and I have to set it manually. An air compressed brad nailer will provide small holes, not damage the wood and is pretty good at holding the materials tightly together.
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