I am aware of the obvious when using brad nail guns or even finish nail guns
for molding, cabinets, furniture and other completed assembly. Is there ever
a time to use a finish nailer for a constructed job such as door frames or
other projects when using wood/boards less than a 2x4 thickness?
For example, I am installing a door and frame to a room in my basement. I
need to attach a header and side supports to fit the frame. To fill in the
difference will require 1x6 on each side, which to me, seems a bit thin for
a framing nailer. Therefore I'm thinking of using the finish nailer.
Basically, is there a general rule perhaps based on the wood used, when to
use a finish and frame nailer?
An air nailer is just a substitute for an old fashioned hammer and
nails. If you were nailing up the 1x's with a hammer, what nail
would you use by choice? Old normal choice would have been 8
penny headed nails. Could you have done it with finish nails?
probably, but it would not have been the first choice for many
carpenters. Your framing nailer can shoot 8's through 16's.
The bigger question is how many nails would you have used when you
were hand driving. An air nailer seems to make it awfully easy to
shoot a bunch. I do think old hand nailed work held together
better. A carpenter just naturally angled the nails toward each
other drawing the boards up tight, air nails tend to all go in
straight, they don't draw the boards into plane, and they come
apart easier. Ring shanks used on pallets are a noted exception.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Interesting how some of us become so accustomed to technological advancement
we forget there was a conventional way. How do you work a hammer, anyway?
The same question does apply to the conventional hammer and nail as well.
I'm not a carpenter by any means but can and have done many carpentry
projects and simply never gave it any thought to the size nail issue.
Thanks for the education.
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