I'm considering a 23 gauge pinning gun, probably from Senco. Any
opinions? Can I safely place 1-1/2" pins through birch and maple?
I need to apply a lot (500 running feet) of birch and maple 2.75 wide x
3/4 thick trim to in-place book cases and shelving. Pinning while glue
dries would be a great time saver over clamping (I think.)
Not that one doesn't exist, but I've seen none that shoot more than 1" pins.
The pins have almost no holding power. Seriously, they're pins. Tacking
light trim in place where the hole is going to matter is what they're for.
But they're great for that... I love my Accuset pinner. YMMV
The pin length is gonna be the problem. Those guns
are (a)expensive (b) very narrow in scope of use
The biggest use of those things is the ability
to handle very small molding.
I'm told that folks who build a LOT of cope & stick
doors also love them for putting the doors together
and eliminate clamping.
I believe a brad nailer is a better choice for 3/4"
stock.(which is what I use)
I use the Porter Cable pinenr and am very happy with it.
A WORD OF CAUTION, however. The pins are so fine that they readilly follow
the grain of the wood, and can turn and pop out the side of the joint. I
know...I had a pin drive itself over 1/2" into the enf of the thumb that ws
hloding the joing while pinning. Durn thing really hurt! Keep fingers out
of any possible harm, and you'll be just fine. I wouldn't be without this
I have a senco gun and it works really well. It came with 1/2", 3/4"
and 1" pins. I use it to pin very small trim that would split if I
used 18 guage nails. You may want to use 18 guage nails for what you
want to do. Good luck
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