On 2/19/2012 10:17 PM, Dave wrote:
>> A follow up to my comments about my Grex pinner. I have had the pinner
>> almost 5 years.
> A question about pin nailing in regards to fine furniture. It's hard
> for me to visualize the size of a 23 gauge pin hole. I have looked at
> online images, but seeing in person will tell me everything I need to
> know. (something I'll be doing later this month when I visit my
> favourite tool dealer).
I finally broke down and bought a pin nailer, even though I rarely use
nails in my shop. It has some value in making jigs and such, but I made
jigs for many years without a nail gun. I bought a cheap gun that
doubles as a stapler from HF. I figured the stapler would be good for
upholstery, something I do about once every 15 years. The cheap gun
works fine, except besides the pin hole, the hammer also makes a little
obscene dent in the wood. I assume more expensive guns don't do this.
When I first got the gun, I used it for several things instead of clamps
for gluing stuff. No good, it was easy but left the dents and pin holes
(18g) and more than once I bitched at myself for even buying the thing.
I've learned not to use it when inappropriate, which for me is most of
the time. Works great for rough cut bird houses though:-)
> Pinning trim on fine furniture. Do you fill the holes? Does the mere
> act of finishing fill the hole beyond cursory examination? Do you use
> some other non-pinned method to hold trim in place while you
> permanently attach it?
I think they would be ideal for a trim carpenter, and you could paint
the trim w/o filling the holes/dents. Fine furniture, nope, stay away
from any sort of nail gun where possible. Norm was a fool and was
selling nail guns. No way you could get away with what he did on fine
furniture. I guess you could use them on cabinet backs. I built a 12'
railing for an outside, second floor balcony for someone and used the
gun for pining the baluster spacers down, that was great. Also a garden
bench where I used spaces for the back slats in the top rail, also great
for that. Fine furniture, no.
> Obviously, all these questions are a precursor to my buying a pin
> nailer. I'm mid way between the wanting stage and the knowing I need
> one stage.
BTDT. Just go buy one and get it over with.
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