Do brads give any additional strength at all when used with glue, OR,
do they serve solely as a means of clamping the wood for the glue?
If it's the latter then do they give enough clamping pressure?
Offhand I can't remember getting as much glue squeezeout from nails or
brads compared to clamping.
Brads give no appreciable additional strength. Most people over-tighten clamps,
so in those instances where brads are suitable, they almost always give enough
"To create man was a quaint and original idea, but to add the sheep was
tautology." Mark Twain's Notebook
I think the strength of brads compared to the glue is negligible. I
generally only use brads if it would be awkward to clamp it (moulding
comes to mind) or I don't want to wait for the glue to dry to remove the
clamps. In the latter I usually clamp it up then shoot a few brads in
and remove the clamps. When not using clamps, like with moulding, I
just tightly hold the piece in place and shoot the brads in.
Larry C in Auburn WA
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