I picked one up on eBay for cheap and am curious about best use
practices. If I'm joining 3/4" stock should I be using the shortest
fasteners - the 1/4" ones, or can I use as big a one as won't shoot
through the other side? I've got the gun, but no fasteners yet. I'm
gong to try it out on a bunch of simple frames and I'm wondering which
ones to get - they're pretty pricey so I want to get the right size.
Not an expert, but a friend who owns a frame shop uses 1/4-3/8"
fasteners - with glue. The moldings split when too long, and I think
they're used to hold while till glue dries.
I would think the manufacturer would have charts available on their
web site recommending specific types for differing woods/materials.
I use 3/8" for 11/16 PB butt joints. They will never make a clean
You'll be safe to use the 3/8 in 3/4 anything. I sometimes butt-join
1/2" MDF. Then I have to take a sandling block to smooth out the edge
of the entry craters.
Always shoot towards a very solid non-bouncy base. Those guns like to
bounce and shoot more than one pogo-staccato-like.
Thanks much. I'm probably going to pick the one in the middle and go
with 3/8" to start. I ought to bite the bullet and get a box of each
size and not worry about it the rest of my life, but times is tough!
On Thu, 19 Nov 2009 17:09:43 -0800 (PST), Jay Pique
We use 3/8" but don't really use them much.
You are right, you'll have the box of fasteners forever. Senco
doesn't recommend using them for hardwood but if you stand on the gun
you can drive them into about anything.
We use them for simple frames like the attic access or mirror frames
that get applied directly to the wall.
One thing to watch for is make sure you have the fasteners in
right-side-up....they make a hell of a mess if they happen to get in
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