Once in a while I need to make crates.
I recently bought a Senco SNS41 stapler for 7/16" crown, 16 ga staples
(new). I would like to know what staple leg length would be most
suitable. My crates are mostly made from 1/2" plywood and 2x4s. I have
a feeling that it would be 1.75", but I would like to ask for a
"second opinion". Thanks
Yes, I love staples for their holding power. In the 18 gauge world, 1"
or even 1.25" is not that much -- but maybe it is different with 16
gauge staples. I think that I will buy 1.5, 1.75, and 2" staples at
McMaster and will try all of them.
When we were framing, we were >required< use 2" staples to shoot down
1/2" plywood deck. Having pulled enough of that stuff up, the 2"
staples hold well, and the shorter you get, you get much less holding
power. Besides, the cost between sizes when you get the larger sizes
This assumes that you are using a narrow crown stapler, not a wide
I always use the old shopworn formula that I learned years ago, and
that is to pick a length of fastener that is approximately 3 times
longer than the thickness of material you are fastening. So in this
case, the plywood would be 1/2" thick, times three, or 1 1/2". Add
back in the original material, and you have a fastener length of 2".
Remember the coating isn't always some kind of cool adhesive (check
the country of origin) that sets up with the heat of application, but
anymore it seems to be just a binder for the staples unless it is the
tiny 18 ga. guys.
I would get the longest staples I could, with divergent chisel points,
and when assembling shoot the staples so the crown was perpindicular
to the grain, not parallel. You could use shorter staples with glue,
but why take the time?
As always, YMMV.
The cost difference is nominal indeed. Since you seem to have some
experience with this stuff, would you say that my Senco SNS41 should
be able to properly nail the 2" staples into regular plywood and 2x4?
I seem to recall, perhaps incorrectly, that 2" staples were a little
iffy and required "softwood only". Is the combo of plywood and regular
2x4s suitable for 2" staples?
My other thought is that a 1/2" nominal plywood with 2" nominal 2x4
really is at best, 2 inches thick together. So a 2" staple,
conceivably, may come out with sharp ends on the other side, something
So to me, a 1 3/4" staple would not compromise much on holding power,
but would definitely not come "out of the other end" and would be a
little less stressful on the stapler.
Yes, it is a regular 16 ga stapler for sheathing.
The whole point of crating is to make a crate in minimum time
required, that would hold up. I agree totally.
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