Host David Thiel explains what to look for when buying a pneumatic nailer.
The 23-Gauge Pinner
The number in a 23-gauge pinner refers to the diameter of the fastener. The 1/2 inch to one inch fasteners used with this tool can be used to hold pieces of crown molding together at corners, or to assemble picture frames and birdhouses. The fastener creates a barely noticeable hole and is less likely to split thin pieces of wood than a larger nail.
The 18-Gauge Brad Nailer
An 18-gauge brad nailer accepts 5/8 inch to 2 1/8 inch fasteners. That is probably the first tool of this kind that a home woodworker or crafter would buy. The tool has an adjustable depth-of-drive so that you can countersink the fastener.
The 16-Gauge Brad Nailer
A 16-gauge brad nailer takes 1 1/4 inch to 2 1/2 inch straight collation nails with flat t-heads. It also has an adjustable depth-of-drive.
The 15-Gauge Angle Collation Tool
A-15 gauge angle collation tool releases 1 1/4 inch to 2 1/2 inch round-headed nails. This adjustable depth-of-drive tool is angled to allow you to get into corners.
Framing nailers use a special type of nails. They have full round heads in a plastic collation. The full round heads require the fasteners to be spaced a little farther apart than most fasteners used in pneumatic tools. Therefore, a much larger magazine is required to accept the same number of nails.
The Essential Power Tools
There are few things that feel more empowering for the do-it-yourselfer than power tools. Following is a list of useful power tools to consider when outfitting a workshop.
Rotary tools accept a variety of attachments, which enable the handheld tool to be used for sanding, polishing, carving and more. Find out which attachment you need to help get the job done.
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Tips on Using a Router Table
Router tables allow users to run wood over the router instead of running the tool over the wood. Here are a few tips on using a router table, ensuring safety and accuracy.
Stationary Power Tool Tips
There are three crucial pieces of equipment in a woodshop: the jointer, table saw and the band saw. Check out tips and advice on using and placing these core power tools.
Tips on Choosing the Right Router
Follow these tips from DIY experts and it'll be easy to choose and use a router.
Power sanders are great for smoothing large surfaces, but for sanding tough areas, a sheet of sandpaper is best. Here's a guide on how to choose the best sandpaper for any project.
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For those tired of swinging a hammer, a pneumatic air nailer may be the answer. Here are a few air nailers that make driving nails faster and more effective.
Solutions to Common Table Saw Problems
Use this expert advice to make cutting with a table saw a bit easier.
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