just flush them > Virgle
I have a little Bostich 1/4" crown stapler that does fin save 1
glaring deficiency - no depth adjustment!
Do NOT BUY a stapler, nail gun W/O the ability to adjust the depth/
Splitting is as likely with a nail gun as with a simple nail unless
you are pre-dilling the holes. :Crushing" the grain under teh crown of
the staple is similar to the crushed grain under a nail head, no? It
Attaching 1/4" sock with screws that are counter-sunk an plugged will
be quite a feat. I think I would use 3/4" staples and a dab of
exterior glue. (And I have to employ tricks to get the depth /
penetration "proud" then tap them in flush with a hammer. I believe
you can get stainless steel staples, but if the original bench got by
without them so will your replica.
Some of the adherence to "old world" and traditional fastening
approaches makes lots of sense. But, I suspect some of those guys in
early American History would have loved a nail gun and a chain saw!