Trevor, thanks for suggesting staples. Since my nailer is also a
stapler, I tried 1 1/8" 18 gauge staples, they work much better than
little finish brads, and I find this basically acceptable, though not
perfect. I think that I will stick to the tool that I have (18 ga
nailer/stapler), for now, and will use staples for crating.
Problem solved. Thanks to all for good food for thought and great