cross-nailing door casing

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Old 12-23-04, 06:57 AM
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Unhappy cross-nailing door casing

Looking for good advice on how not to split door casing when cross-nailing through the mitred upper corners. I tried it last night with my 18 ga nailer and split one side.
 
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Old 12-23-04, 08:23 AM
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There is always the option of buying a small gauge nail gun which will prevent that.

Will your gun accept 18 gauge "Headless" nails? It's the head of the nail that could be causing the problem
 
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Old 12-23-04, 08:26 AM
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You could try a pilot hole.
 
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Old 12-23-04, 09:53 AM
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I have a porter cable nailer. Is cross-nailing completely necessary if you have tight miters and make sure the casing is nailed tightly to the wall?
 
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Old 12-23-04, 10:53 AM
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Nope! Not necessary at all. It's used to help keep the wood together during expansion and contraction times. If you put a dab of glue on the miter and have tight miters, I wouldn't worry about it. You'll be fine.
 
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