air nailers


Old 08-02-03, 07:58 PM
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air nailers


i would like to purchase an air nailer. i'll be using it primarily for trim work; crown molding, chair rails, baseboards and baseboard shoe molding, all in both oak and pine. down the road, it may see use for furniture (shelves, cabinets, entertainment center, etc). i've read that for crown molding, it's good to get the 15 gauge angled type to get into the corners, but will 15 gauge fasteners split shoe molding (1/2" x 3/4"). do i need to buy both a 15 for the crown and a 16 or 18 for the lighter jobs?

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Old 08-02-03, 10:06 PM
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Location: Arlington, WA
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You will need both guns to do all of the things you mentioned. The 15 gauge for the crown moldings and baseboard, and an 18 gauge for the shoe and other small moldings.
Old 08-02-03, 10:06 PM
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I have a 15 ga. nailer and have used it for everything. (Bostich N60FN) Wood does not usually split when nailed with an air nailer because of the speed of insertion and the dull ended fasteners.


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