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Considerations When Using A Finish Nailer In Woodworking


Unlike larger framing nailers designed for rough work, finish nailers are specialized for driving smaller gauge nails for delicate finish work. With some practice and know-how, a finish nailer can help any woodworker achieve great results.


Select The Right Nailer For The Job


Not all finish nailers are created equal. While they serve the same general purpose, there are models optimized for different uses. Consider what you'll be nailing before choosing a finish nailer.


Brad nailer. Designed for especially delicate projects. Uses tiny brads less than 1" long that are nearly invisible.


Straight nailer. Fires nails perpendicular to the nose, allowing you to get close to vertical surfaces. Great for baseboards.


Angled nailer. Fires at an angle, which provides more clearance around the nose. Helpful for nailing into tight corners.


No single nailer excels at everything, so select the variety best suited to your upcoming projects.


Use The Right Nails


You'll want nails specifically made for your finish nailer. They come in different diameters, heads, and lengths. Follow your tool's manual for the proper nails - using ones that are too thick or long can damage the nailer and your workpiece. The nails should slide smoothly through the magazine without jamming.


The most common sizes used are 1-1/4” and 1-1/2”. Use nail lengths approximately 1.5x the thickness of the material. Consider stainless steel or galvanized nails for outdoor projects.


Mind The Wood Grain


Wood direction impacts both the appearance and strength of nailed joints. Always nail perpendicular to the wood grain - fastening into end grain leaves a weaker connection that's more likely to loosen. Nailing into face grain keeps the joint tight.


Grain direction also influences how the wood will react to nailing. Face grain allows the wood fibers to compress smoothly under the nail, leaving a cleaner appearance. End grain tends to splinter more easily around the nail hole. Avoid nailing into end grain whenever possible.


It also helps to orient boards so the grain patterns match at joints. Alternating directions draws attention to the seams. Keeping the grain aligned delivers a seamless, uniform look.


Joint Nailing Techniques


For assembling joints, such as corners, miter joints, and T joints, there are some special techniques to use.


Butt Joints. Use alternating angled nails on each edge for maximum strength. Apply wood glue before nailing.


Miters. Nail perpendicular through the top piece into the edges of the adjoining piece. Spread nails evenly across the miter.


T Joints. Toenail nails at 45 degree angles across the joint for optimal holding. Stagger nails from opposite sides.


Surface Nailing. For attaching to surfaces like plywood, nail at intervals just inside the surface edge so nails don’t exit material.


Glue First For Added Strength


For critical joints, adhesives provide superior strength and durability compared to nails alone. Apply wood glue to all mating surfaces before nailing - the nails act as clamps while the glue fully cures.


This prevents the joint from gradually working loose over time. The adhesive also helps compensate for any spaces between nail holes. Follow the glue manufacturer's instructions for setup time before applying force to the joint.


Proper nailing technique maximizes the holding power of the nails. But adding glue creates a permanent, waterproof bond not reliant on fasteners alone. Use both methods together for professional results.  


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No mar tip protects the work surface from damage. Tool less depth of drive dial allows the user to easily adjust the drive depth for a professional finish.


Model No:AFN64

Fastener Details:25-65mm

Load Capacity:100pcs

Operating Pressure:80-120PSI(5.5-8.3bar)

Air inlet:1/4''(6.35mm)



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