Staple gun for upholstering


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Old 05-30-10, 11:29 PM
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Staple gun for upholstering

I'm about ready to pull my hair out. I'm trying to reupholster a simple chair set. The seats have simple seat cushions, which consists of a base of 1/2" plywood. I took out the old staples, which were a finer wire and narrower than T50 staples. First I tried a light duty stapler, which took finer wire staples. Staples wouldn't penetrate. Then I tried a Power Shot Pro electric "heavy duty" stapler with 5/16" Arrow T50 staples. Staples wouldn't penetrate. Then I tried Stanley heavy duty electric model. Staples wouldn't penetrate. I'm now trying an Arrow T50PBN. I believe this is the same model as the T50, but it drives brads as well. Anyway, this driving me crazy - it will drive some staples flush, but only about 1 in 10 right now. The rest just bend up and are ruined.

Any ideas? I'm not going to spend $100 for a stapler for this project. Then again, I can't spend the 20 hours it would take me to finish it with this stapler either, trying and retrying to drive staples until I get lucky with one.

p.s. Also not going to buy an air compressor just to use a staple gun!
 
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Old 05-31-10, 05:03 AM
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Since you have set such rigid parameters, your best bet is to use upholstery tacks and drive them in with a hammer. I doubt, with the hardness of the woods used for the frame, you will get a hand stapler to penetrate. You have probably spent $100 in staplers, so not sure on the priorities if you can take them back and get your money back.
 
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Old 05-31-10, 05:11 AM
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"p.s. Also not going to buy an air compressor just to use a staple gun!"

Air compressors have a wide range of uses, I couldn't imagine not having one. Unless you're sure you would have no other use for one - I'd consider getting one.

Have you checked your local rental store to see if they rent a staple gun and compressor that would work for you?
 
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Old 05-31-10, 07:18 AM
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I have returned the staplers that didn't work and gotten refunds (Home Depot, Lowes).

I'll go to a rental store next. The tacks don't seem like a good option to me, because I was assuming that a staple, driven in fully, gives much more secure holding, since with a tack there is just a pinpoint of support, and with a staple you're getting a 3/8" wide strip of support.

I don't know much about air pressure tools. I understand they make many tools that run on it, but there is a lot of overlap with electric tools. I've never seen the need for air tools when everything I've ever needed comes in an electric version. What am I missing? I understand that air pressure tools can be less expensive once you have the compressor, but it doesn't make much sense to start doubling up my tools now, and I also don't really like the idea of toting a compressor around everywhere I want to use a tool.
 
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Old 05-31-10, 07:32 AM
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Actually there's a video on this site comparing some

Overview of Different Stapling Tools | Videos | DoItYourself.com

They made the point about how the air stapler did the best job, and I'm assuming part of the reason is the finer guage staples are going to penetrate with less resistance. Now, they had no problem getting the hand stapler to go straight into both plywood and maple. My hand stapler is at least as good as the one they have, and it's just not doing it.

It could be that it's having trouble driving into plywood that is already backed with foam, as opposed to driving it into plywood that's on a hard table with no give at all. My stapler works better that way to.

I definitely need to use an air stapler with finer staples, it looks like.
 
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Old 05-31-10, 07:36 AM
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The only electric stapler that I know of that will penetrate anything, is a Duo Fast, but it'll cost you a couple hundred.

Upholstery tacks were used long before there were staple guns, so they do work.

While we have a really large air compressor, I also have a small one that I bought at Pep Boys for under $100 and that would work well for your chair. You'd still have to buy the air hose and stapler tho.
 
 

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